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|Born||1942 (age 71–72)
|Alma mater||Eton College
King's College, Cambridge
|Occupation||Science journalist, writer|
Wade was born in Aylesbury, England and educated at Eton College. He is the grandson of teacher and author Lawrence Beesley, a survivor of RMS Titanic. He earned a BA and an MA from King's College, Cambridge in 1960 and 1963. Wade immigrated to the US in 1970.
Wade has been a science writer and editor for the journals Nature, from 1967 to 1971, and Science, from 1972 to 1982. He joined the New York Times in 1982. Wade retired from the Times in 2012 but continues to write for the newspaper. At the New York Times he worked as an editorial writer covering science, environment and defense, and as editor of the science section.
Two of his books deal with less savory aspects of scientific research. His 1980 book, The Nobel Duel: Two Scientists' Twenty-one Year Race to Win the World's Most Coveted Research Prize, described the competition between Andrew Schally and Roger Guillemin, whose discoveries regarding the peptide hormone led to them sharing the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. According to the Washington Post Book World, it "may be the most unflattering description of scientists ever written." Betrayers of Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science (1983), co-authored with William J. Broad, discusses historical and contemporary examples of scientific fraud. According to Science, the book engaged in "extravagant ruminations" and did not support its broader conclusions.
A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (2014), another book by Wade, was criticized even more severely. In the New York Times Book Review of Sunday July 13, David Dobbs wrote that it was "a deeply flawed, deceptive, and dangerous book" with "pernicious conceits".
Other books by Wade include Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors (2006), about human evolution, and The Faith Instinct (2009), about the evolution of religious behavior.
Criticism of cultural anthropology
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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.
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- Amos Esty (May 25, 2006). "The Bookshelf talks with Nicholas Wade". American Scientist.
- Gitschier J (2005) Turning the Tables—An Interview with Nicholas Wade. PLoS Genet 1(3): e45
- Wade, Nicholas (9 April 2012). "As Hundreds of Men Perished, One Ignored a Rumor to Survive". New York Times. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- "Nicholas Wade Interview – A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History". Luke Ford. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
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