Angela Saini

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Angela Saini
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Born (1980-10-25) 25 October 1980 (age 36)
London, England
Education Masters degree in Engineering Science
Alma mater University of Oxford
Occupation Journalist
Notable work

Geek Nation (Hodder & Stoughton, 2011)

Inferior (Harper Collins, 2017)

Angela Saini (born London, England) is an English science journalist, broadcaster and author. Her first book Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World was published on 3 March 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK, and by Hachette in the Indian sub-continent in April 2011. Her second book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting The Story, will be published by Harper Collins in 2017.

Her work has appeared in Science, Wired, The Guardian and New Scientist[1] and she is a frequent presenter on BBC radio, for shows including The Food Chain, Material World, More or Less.

Saini is a former reporter for BBC London News, the BBC's regional television news programme covering Greater London.[2] In 2008, she carried out an investigation into bogus universities[3] which was broadcast on the BBC TV's flagship Ten O'Clock News, BBC News 24 and BBC World. The report won a Prix Circom Award for regional television journalism in Europe.[4]

She has a masters in Engineering from Oxford University, a second masters in Science and Security from King's College London, and she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2012 and 2013.

Saini is also a frequent contributor to The New Humanist, a quarterly journal of the Rationalist Association.

Quitting the BBC[edit]

Saini cites the changing landscape of journalism as a reason for her departure in 2008 from the BBC, an organisation she has deep respect for and continues to work for in a freelance capacity. "Big broadcasters already understand that it's not only lone journalists, but also ordinary citizens who are easily creating mass media. I can't think of anything better than being at the front of that revolution, and I wouldn't be surprised if many others felt the same."[5]

Investigation into bogus universities[edit]

Saini's award-winning BBC London television report A Degree of Deception was based on an investigation in 2007–2008 centred mainly on the Irish International University, "one of the most notorious fake universities operating in the UK." This University is nearly a decade old, and still creating an illusion of credibility, mostly to foreign students who arrive on "campus" only to find the college was just a tiny office block in east London with no library and a handful of students, or in some cases, nothing more than a mailbox.

Other questionable institutions include: University of New Castle, Preston University and University of Leads, whose sole aim is to mislead students and make money.[3]


Saini's first book, Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World, was a bestseller in India and named a book of the year by The Independent newspaper in the UK.

Her second book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting The Story, was commissioned by Fourth Estate (Harper Collins) in 2015, and will be published in the summer of 2017. It explores how science has failed to understand women and perpetrated bias.

Credentials and awards[edit]

  • Masters degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford and is a former ITN news trainee.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Gold Award in 2015.
  • Association of British Science Writers Award for best news story in 2012.[6]
  • Awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT in 2012.[7]
  • Prix Circom Award for regional television journalism in Europe in 2008.[4]


  1. ^ "Angela Saini article list". New Scientist. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Angela Saini". The Science Factory. Archived from the original on 7 June 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Saini, Angela. "A Degree of Deception". Jan. 7, 2008. The Guardian. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Reporter wins European journalism award". AIM Magazine. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Oliver, Laura. "'Why I quit the BBC': Angela Saini, freelance science journalist". 10/10/2008. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  6. ^ ABSW. "Awards of the 21st Century". Association of British Science Writers. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Announcing 2012–2013 Knight Fellows". Knight Science Journalism at MIT. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 

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