Nicholas Wade

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Nicholas Wade
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Occupation scientific reporter

Nicholas Wade is a British scientific reporter, editor and author who currently writes for the Science Times section of The New York Times.[1][2]


Wade was born in Aylesbury, England and educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. Wade has been a correspondent, based in Washington, and deputy editor, based in London, of the journal Nature. He also reported from Washington for the journal Science.

At the New York Times he has worked as an editorial writer covering science, environment and defense, and as editor of the science section. He is the author of several books including The Nobel Duel, (Doubleday, 1980) an account of two scientists' race to win the Nobel prize; Betrayers of the Truth, co-authored with William J. Broad (Simon & Schuster, 1982) and Before the Dawn, (Penguin Press, 2006) about human evolution. His most recent book, about the evolution of religious behavior, is The Faith Instinct (Penguin Press, 2009).

He is the grandson of teacher and author Lawrence Beesley, a survivor of RMS Titanic.

Criticism of cultural anthropology[edit]

Wade has criticized anthropology, particularly cultural anthropology, as lacking in scientific rigor, saying in a 2007 lecture, that cultural anthropologists should become trained in genetics. In a review of a book by Napoleon Chagnon he criticized the American Anthropological Association for its treatment of Chagnon.





  1. ^ Amos Esty (May 25, 2006). "The Bookshelf talks with Nicholas Wade". American Scientist. 
  2. ^ Gitschier J (2005) Turning the Tables—An Interview with Nicholas Wade. PLoS Genet 1(3): e45
  3. ^ "How to Improve Your Information" (various tactics), Frederick Mann, 1993, webpage: Mind-TrekCom-Reports-t103: mentions book Betrayers of the Truth....

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