|Born||9 August 1967|
|Alma mater||Portsmouth Polytechnic|
Birkbeck, University of London
Imperial College London
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. 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 worked for the journal Nature 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.
Masood has also written for Prospect magazine and openDemocracy.net, as well as The Times, The Guardian and Le Monde. He is a former director of communications of Leadership for Environment and Development and also advises the British Council on science and on cultural relations.
Ehsan Masood was a regular contributor to Home Planet, an environmental affairs programme on BBC Radio 4 in the UK.
Awards and nominations
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 7 June 2016 by Pegasus.
Ehsan Masood's previous book is Science and Islam: A History. 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:
- Our Shared Europe This is a report for a major new British Council programme of activities aimed at reducing mistrust between non-Muslim and Muslim communities.
- Dry: Life Without Water, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press 2006 ISBN 0-674-02224-6 (editor with Daniel Schaffer)
- How Do You Know? Reading Ziauddin Sardar on Islam, Science and Cultural Relations, London: Pluto Press 2006 ISBN 0-7453-2514-9 (editor)
- British Muslims: Media Guide, published by the British Council in association with the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, 2006. Download a copy of British Muslims: Media Guide here
- The GM Debate: Who Decides? Analysing Decision-making on Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries, London: Panos 2005
In the media
- In February 2009, Ehsan Masood presented a three-part series for BBC Radio 4 entitled Islam and Science
- Ehsan Masood is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's environmental affairs programme Home Planet
- Islam's reformers, Prospect article by Ehsan Masood republished on Wanabehuman.
- Science, Development, Faith Ehsan's Open Democracy columns
- Islam and Science Special issue of Nature, November 2006
- Ehsan Masood talks about Dry: Life Without Water on Start the Week on BBC Radio 4, 29 May 2006
- Televised discussion on climate security at Carleton University, Canada with John Ashton, Simon Dalby and hosted by Ken Rockburn of CPAC's Talk Politics show, February 2007
- Saegusa, A.; Masood, E. (1997). "Transgenic patents a step closer in Europe". Nature. 390 (6659): 429. doi:10.1038/37175. PMID 9393986.
- Masood, E. (2012). "Arab liberals must stay in the game". Nature. 488 (7410): 131. doi:10.1038/488131a. PMID 22874928.
- LEAD International, non-profit sustainable development training and networking organization
- The Muslim Institute
- "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
- Ehsan Masood (2010). Science & Islam: A History. Toronto: Totem Books. ISBN 1-84831-081-1.
- Masood, E. (2006). "Islam and Science: An Islamist revolution". Nature. 444 (7115): 22–25. doi:10.1038/444022a. PMID 17080057.