|Born||20 December 1964|
|Died||9 February 2016(aged 51)|
|Known for||Science articles in newspapers and magazines, and writing books|
Michael Hanlon (20 December 1964 – 9 February 2016) was a British science writer and newspaper science editor.
Hanlon was the Science page editor at the Daily Telegraph having previously been Science Editor at the Daily Mail, and author of articles for the Daily Express, the Independent and Irish News. He also contributed on a regular basis to several magazines, including the Spectator. He was often seen on television, or heard on the radio, as an expert in explaining science to the general public. The Guardian called Hanlon a "top science writer."
Hanlon turned heads, including that of Ed West, when he abandoned his skepticism about global warming. According to the Daily Telegraph, this followed a visit to the Greenland ice cap when he saw the extent of the melt for himself.
- 10 Questions Science Can’t Answer (Yet!): A Guide to Science’s Greatest Mysteries (2007)
- The Science of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2006)
- The Real Mars (2004)
- Eternity:Our Next Billion Years (Macmillan Science) (2008)
- The Worlds of Galileo: A Jovian Odyssey (2001), co-authored with Arthur C. Clarke.
Hanlon was married to Elena Seymenliyska, also a journalist, who works for Aeon (digital magazine). Latterly, his partner was Alison.
Hanlon died of a heart attack on 9 February 2016. He leaves behind a son, Zachary.
- "Dorset's Jurassic Park Joël Lacey talks to Michael Hanlon, the man behind 'Jurassica' – a world-class visitor centre in a quarry on Portland". Dorset Life. March 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- "Michael Hanlon, science writer - obituary". Daily Telegraph. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
- Kleiner, Kurt (2 February 2010). "What the hell is eternity, anyway? (Review of Hanlon's book: Eternity: Our Next Billion Years". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- Johnson, Greg L. "Eternity:Our Next Billion Years". SF Site. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- "Michael Hanlon on science writing: 'You need a bullshit detector'". The Guardian. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- West, Ed (16 August 2010). "Why shouldn't conservatives believe in man-made climate change?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- Brooks, Michael (22 October 2008). "Review: Eternity: Our next billion years by Michael Hanlon". New Scientist. 200 (2679): 45. doi:10.1016/S0262-4079(08)62711-6.
- "Michael Hanlon". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
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