Jeffrey Kluger (born 1954) is a senior writer at TIME Magazine and author of several books on science topics, such as Simplexity (2008); Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio (2005); Journey Beyond Selene (1999); and Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (1994). The latter work was the basis for Ron Howard's film Apollo 13 (1995).
Education and early life
Kluger attended Pikesville High School in Pikesville, Maryland, a northwest suburb of Baltimore. In addition to writing, he is a licensed attorney, having earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
From June 1992 to September 1996, Kluger was a staff writer for Discover magazine, writing the humor column "Light Elements". He also worked as a writer and editor for the New York Times, Business World Magazine, Family Circle magazine, and Science Digest.
Kluger began his work with TIME in 1996 specializing in science coverage. He was named a senior writer in 1998. During his time at TIME magazine Kluger has written articles covering the Mars Pathfinder landing and the 2003 Columbia disaster. In 2012, he was lambasted by scientists and science bloggers for writing an article about the Higgs boson that was almost entirely incorrect.
In 2001, the Overseas Press Club of America awarded Kluger and Michael Lemonick the Whitman Bassow Award for "best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues" for their work on global warming.
Kluger has authored numerous books, most notably Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (October 1994), with coauthor Jim Lovell. Lost Moon would become the basis for the Ron Howard film Apollo 13 (1995) starring Tom Hanks. Kluger would later be a technical consultant for, and appear in, the movie Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience.
He also authored a number of books about the space program including:
- Jeffrey Kluger, foreword by director Ron Howard (July 1995). The Apollo Adventure: The Making of Apollo Space Program and the Movie Apollo 13. ISBN 978-0-671-53542-1.
- Jeffrey Kluger (July 1999). Journey Beyond Selene: Remarkable Expeditions Past Our Moon and to the Ends of the Solar System. ISBN 0-684-84765-5.
- Jeffrey Kluger (July 2001). Moon Hunters: NASA's Remarkable Expeditions to the Ends of the Solar Systems. ISBN 978-0-684-86559-1.
Other topics Kluger has written about include:
- Jeffrey Kluger (January 2005). Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio. ISBN 978-0-399-15216-0.
- Jeffrey Kluger & David Elliot (illustrator) (June 2007). Nacky Patcher & the Curse of the Dry-Land Boats. ISBN 978-0-399-24604-3. (A children's book)
- Jeffrey Kluger (June 3, 2008). Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and How Complex Things Can be Made Simple). Hyperion. ISBN 978-1-4013-0301-3.
- Jeffrey Kluger (September 15, 2011). The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us (4th Printing edition ed.). Riverhead Hardcover. ISBN 1594488312.
- "Jeffrey Kluger", speaker profile, Time. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
- "Good humor - Light Elements columnist Jeff Kluger is leaving Discover magazine", editorial by Paul Hoffman, Discover, September 1996. Online at Findarticles.com, retrieved June 4, 2008.
- Kluger, Jeffrey. "Who Should Be TIME's Person of the Year?". The Higgs Boson. TIME Magazine. Retrieved Dec 3, 2012.
- Strassler, Matt. "Of Particular Significance". TIME for a Little Soul-Searching.
- "The Whitman Bassow Award 2001". Overseas Press Club of America website. 2001.
- Kluger's biography at TIME Magazine's website
- Jeffery Kluger at IMDb
- Review of Simplexity at Letters On Pages
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