Angela Saini

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Angela Saini
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Born 1980 (age 37–38)
London, England
Education Masters in Engineering Science
Alma mater University of Oxford
Occupation Journalist
Notable work Geek Nation[1]

Angela Saini (born 1980) is a British science journalist, broadcaster and the author of two books - Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World and Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story. Her third book, What Are You? The Mad Science of Race – and Its Fatal Return is scheduled for publication in 2019.[3] Her work has appeared in Science, Wired, The Guardian, The New Humanist and New Scientist. She is also a presenter on BBC radio.

Saini was born in London in 1980. She holds two master's degrees - in Engineering from the University of Oxford and in Science and Security from King's College London.

In 2008 Saini quit the BBC to become a freelance writer.[4]

In 2008 Saini won a Prix CIRCOM for her investigation of fake universities, focusing on Irish International University.[5][6]

Saini's first book, Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World, published in 2011, was named a book of the year by The Independent.[citation needed]

In 2012 she won the Association of British Science Writers Award for best news item, 2012.[7] She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2012 and 2013.[8] In 2015 she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science Gold Award.[9]

Her second book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, was published in 2017.[10][11][12][13]

In August 2017 an internal memo written by a Google employee about the company's diversity policies, "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", received public attention. Saini criticised the memo, calling it "[not] just intellectual laziness; [but] prejudice masquerading as fact".[14][15]


  1. ^ (Hodder & Stoughton, 2011)
  2. ^ (Harper Collins, 2017)
  3. ^ "What Are You?". The Science Factory. Retrieved 2017-12-31. 
  4. ^ Oliver, Laura. "'Why I quit the BBC': Angela Saini, freelance science journalist". 10/10/2008. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Saini, Angela. "A Degree of Deception". Jan. 7, 2008. The Guardian. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Reporter wins European journalism award". AIM Magazine. 22 May 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  7. ^ ABSW. "Awards of the 21st Century". Association of British Science Writers. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Announcing 2012–2013 Knight Fellows". Knight Science Journalism at MIT. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "2015 Winners Named in Expanded AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards Competition". AAAS - The World's Largest General Scientific Society. 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2017-12-31. 
  10. ^ Gawrylewski, Andrea. "Recommended". Scientific American. 316 (6): 74–74. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0617-74. 
  11. ^ "Inferior by Angela Saini wins Physics World's 2017 Book of the Year -". Retrieved 2017-12-31. 
  12. ^ "Best of 2017: long reads". Retrieved 2017-12-31. 
  13. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2017-12-31. 
  14. ^ Saini, Angela (2017-08-07). "Silicon Valley's weapon of choice against women: shoddy science | Angela Saini". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-31. 
  15. ^ "Opinion | How modern science failed women". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-12-31. 

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