Alun Anderson

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Alun Mark Anderson
Born (1948-05-27) 27 May 1948 (age 71)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationUniversity of Sussex (BSc)
University of Edinburgh (PhD)
University of Oxford (IBM Research Fellow)
University of Kyoto (Royal Society Overseas Fellow)
Known forWriting and editing for several popular science magazines:
New Scientist (editor)
AwardsEditor of the Year (1993, 1995, 1997), British Society of Magazine Editors
Scientific career
FieldsBiology, Science journalism
ThesisSome Aspects of Learning in Insects (1972)

Alun Mark Anderson (born North Wales, 27 May 1948) is a Welsh scientist and science journalist. He is best known as the editor in chief and publishing director of New Scientist from 1992 to 2005. He continues to act as a consultant for the magazine. In 2009 he published After the Ice:Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic, about the effects of climate change on the wildlife and native peoples of the arctic region.[1]

A 2003 interview at the University of Sussex is the likely inspiration for Richard Dawkins' famous quote "Science is interesting and if you don't agree you can fuck off".[2]


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  2. ^ Kirk, Simon (May 2003). "Interview with Alun Anderson - Editor-in-Chief of New Scientist magazine". University of Sussex. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2015.

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