John Rennie (editor)

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John Rennie
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John Rennie speaking at NECSS 2011 conference in New York City
near Boston, MA, USA
ResidenceNew York City, New York, USA
Alma materYale University (BS)
OccupationBiologist; Journalist; Writer; Editor

John Rennie (born 1959) was the seventh editor in chief of Scientific American magazine. After leaving Scientific American in 2009, he began writing for Public Library of Science (PLoS) Blogs. Rennie has also been involved with several television programs and podcasts as well as multiple writing projects, including his latest position as a deputy editor on the staff of Quanta Magazine.


John Rennie was born in 1959, near Boston, MA. In 1981, he completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Yale University. Rennie then worked for the better part of a decade in a laboratory at Harvard Medical School before commencing his career as a science writer and editor. He began his editorial career with Scientific American in 1989 when he joined its editorial board, becoming editor-in-chief in 1994. Rennie has several published articles in Scientific American, starting with the September 1989 issue and as recently as the December 2013 issue. Rennie has had a varied career in addition to his time as an editor at Scientific American, including positions in higher education, as an author, and as a television host.[1]


Scientific American[edit]

Rennie joined the Board of Editors at Scientific American in 1989. In 1994 he was installed as the 7th editor-in-chief for Scientific American, serving in that role until 2009. While editor-in-chief, Rennie was involved in several projects including the launch of its website, authoring articles, and contributing to Scientific American's podcasts, Science Talk and 60-Second Science.[2]


Rennie has appeared in, or contributed in some other way to, several television programs since the mid-1990s:[3]

Other writing[edit]

The blog that Rennie authored for PLoS, The Gleaming Retort, primarily focuses on science writing, climate, technology, and health. It was active from September 2010 through December 2014.[4]

Rennie wrote the blog The Savvy Scientist for SmartPlanet between November 2011 and September 2012[5] and penned a handful of articles for the General Electric sponsored online magazine, Txchnologist, in 2011 and 2012.[6]

In 2017, Rennie joined the staff of Quanta Magazine as a deputy editor.[7]

Higher education[edit]

Rennie is listed as adjunct faculty for the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.[8][9] Rennie also appears as core faculty for Beakerhead's SciComm Lab.[10]

Public speaking[edit]

Rennie has been a speaker at several conferences and workshops, including:[11][12]


In 2000, Rennie was awarded the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.[13] In September 2003, he was awarded the Navigator Award from Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.[14]

Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography for John Rennie". School Science and Mathematics Association. Archived from the original on 2007-01-05. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  2. ^ "Scientific American podcasts". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  3. ^ "John Rennie". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  4. ^ Rennie, John. "The Gleaming Retort". PLoS Blogs. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  5. ^ Rennie, John. "The Savvy Scientist". SmartPlanet. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  6. ^ "Search results for: John Rennie". Txchnologist. General Electric. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  7. ^ "About Quanta Magazine". Quanta Magazine. Simons Foundation. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  8. ^ "John Rennie - NYU Journalism". NY Journalism. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  9. ^ "About John Rennie". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  10. ^ "About the Program". Beakerhead. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  11. ^ "Speaking history for John Rennie". Lanyrd. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  12. ^ "My Past Events". Archived from the original on 2018-11-02. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  13. ^ "Awards". Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  14. ^ "2003 Navigator Awards". Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Retrieved 2017-04-03.

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