Ehsan Masood

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Ehsan Masood
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Born (1967-08-09) August 9, 1967 (age 49)
Institutions Research Professional (including Research Fortnight)
Imperial College London
New Scientist
Alma mater Portsmouth Polytechnic
Birkbeck, University of London
Children 1

Hassan Ehsan Masood (born 9 August 1967) is a science writer, journalist and broadcaster. Since 2009 he has been the editor of Research Professional News (including Research Fortnight) and has been teaching international science policy at Imperial College London.[citation needed] since 2008.


Born in London, his father Hassan Masood worked in actuarial science and his mother Shamsa Masood is a writer of short fiction in Urdu.

He went to schools in York, Karachi and London; studied applied physics at Portsmouth Polytechnic and science communication at Birkbeck, University of London.

He worked for the journal Nature[1][2] as a writer from 1995 to 1999 and again as acting chief commissioning editor in 2008/2009. He has also worked as Opinion Editor of New Scientist and communications director at LEAD International.[3]

Masood has also written for Prospect magazine and, as well as The Times, The Guardian and Le Monde. He is a former director of communications of Leadership for Environment and Development[citation needed] and also advises the British Council on science and on cultural relations.[citation needed]

Ehsan Masood was a regular contributor to Home Planet, an environmental affairs programme on BBC Radio 4 in the UK.

He is chair of trustees of The Muslim Institute.[4] This is a UK-based charity that supports critical thinking among British Muslims.

Awards and nominations[edit]

In January 2015, Masood was nominated for Services to Science and Engineering at the British Muslim Awards.[5]

Selected publications[edit]

His latest book is The Great Invention: The Story of GDP and the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World, which will be published in the US on 7th June 2016 by Pegasus.

Ehsan Masood's previous book is Science and Islam: A History.[6] This tells the story of how science developed during Islam's imperial period from 800 to 1500. It is the official tie-in to a three-part documentary series on BBC Television presented by Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey.

His other publications include:

In the media[edit]


  1. ^ Saegusa, A.; Masood, E. (1997). "Transgenic patents a step closer in Europe". Nature. 390 (6659): 429. PMID 9393986. doi:10.1038/37175. 
  2. ^ Masood, E. (2012). "Arab liberals must stay in the game". Nature. 488 (7410): 131. PMID 22874928. doi:10.1038/488131a. 
  3. ^ LEAD International, non-profit sustainable development training and networking organization
  4. ^ The Muslim Institute
  5. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Ehsan Masood (2010). Science & Islam: A History. Toronto: Totem Books. ISBN 1-84831-081-1. 
  7. ^ Masood, E. (2006). "Islam and Science: An Islamist revolution". Nature. 444 (7115): 22–25. PMID 17080057. doi:10.1038/444022a.