Keith Johnson (author)

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Keith Johnson
BornRobert Keith Johnson
(1938-10-14) 14 October 1938 (age 81)
Darlington, United Kingdom
OccupationAuthor of books and software, teacher
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Notable worksPhysics for You
Spotlight Science
SpouseAnn Johnson

Robert Keith Johnson (born 14 October 1938), known as Keith Johnson, is a writer and software developer. While working as a science teacher he published his first work, starting his career as an author. He left classroom education in 1990 to develop software to support teachers, and to promote physics through the writing of textbooks and associated materials.


Johnson attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Darlington (later Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College) from 1950 to 1957, before going on to read Physics at the University of Manchester. From there, he taught at Urmston Grammar School and Wilbraham High School, where he was Physics teacher, Head of Physics, Deputy Head, Timetabler, and Acting Headteacher. In 1980 Johnson was appointed District Inspector for Science for Manchester City Council Education Committee, with special responsibility for promoting science in Primary Schools. In 1990 he left this post to pursue his career as a full-time author of physics textbooks.


Johnson has written or co-written over 100 books[1][2][3][4] that have attracted many reviews in independent journals[5][6][7] and are referred to in official UK syllabuses and qualifications.[8][9]

His books on Physics have benefited students at all levels in secondary education.[6][10][11]


Johnson has developed software to support teachers in Secondary Schools in the UK and across the world,[12] including TimeTabler [13] which is a program to help timetablers to schedule their school timetables, Options,[14][15] StaffCover [16] and Lesson Loader.[17][18][19]

Other achievements[edit]

Johnson is an award-winning film director[20] recognised by the British Film Institute.[21][22]

He is an expert on Readability,[23] especially of school text books,[24][25] and has written articles on this subject for the School Science Review,[26][27][5] a journal of The Association for Science Education, and other publications.[28][29][30] which has been cited by 52 scholarly articles.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Keith Johnson married his wife Ann, an artist, in 1962. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.[32]

He is a committed Francophile who divides his time between his homes in France and England.[33] He has written about the French Pyrenees[34] and contributed to the book 'Corsavy – Paysages & Visages'.[35]


  1. ^ "Oxford University Books". 2017. Oxford University Press (OUP).
  2. ^ "ISBN Database". Archived from the original on 17 July 2013. ISBN Book Database
  3. ^ "Keith Johnson books on Amazon".
  4. ^ "Amazon Author Central". Keith Johnson at Amazon Author Central.
  5. ^ a b School Science Review, Vol 68, No. 245, 789–790
  6. ^ a b "Reviews of Keith Johnson's Books". Keith Johnson.
  7. ^ Times Educational Supplement, 'Teacher', 29 April 2005, p15
  8. ^ "Edexcel Syllabus" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Pearson Qualifications" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Keith Johnson's writing; case study at".
  11. ^ "Review Centre; Student in Nigeria".
  12. ^ "Software comments & testimonials". from around the world
  13. ^ "TimeTabler software".
  14. ^ Haigh, Gerald. "Class 3F? For three hours? First thing Monday?". 12 May 2008. TSL Education Ltd.
  15. ^ "Options software".
  16. ^ "StaffCover software".
  17. ^ "Lesson-Loader software". free for teachers
  18. ^ "Lesson-Loader review". Software Informer, 27 March 2013
  19. ^ Association for Science Education : School Science Review, Vol 87, 2005, No 318, 126
  20. ^ "Films by Keith Johnson". synopsis and judges' comments
  21. ^ "British Film Institute entry". Work – 186608, British Film Institute
  22. ^ "BFI 'Green Cloud' entry". Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Green Cloud, director: R K Johnson
  23. ^ "Readability methods".
  24. ^ "Readability of Secondary School textbooks".
  25. ^ "Readability of textbooks" (PDF).
  26. ^ Association for Science Education : School Science Review, Vol 82, 2001, No 300, 75
  27. ^ "School Science Review Article". School Science Review. SSR Vol 60, No. 212, 1979, 562
  28. ^ International Journal of Science Education, Vol 9, 1987, 4, 483
  29. ^ Science Learning, Science Teaching: Wellington & Ireson: Routledge 2008, ISBN 9780415433938, p244
  30. ^ "Education Resources". Institute of Education Sciences
  31. ^ "Scholarly Citations"
  32. ^ "About Keith Johnson".
  33. ^ "Corsavy, French Pyrenees". A history of Corsavy
  34. ^ "Corsavy down the Ages" (PDF).
  35. ^ "Corsavy – Paysages & Visages". Les Cahiers de l'Egaré. Grosse Jean-Claude, Patot André, Johnson Keith, 2006. ISBN 2-908387-92-1

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