Michael Hanlon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Michael Hanlon
Michael Hanlon 2010.png
Born(1964-12-20)20 December 1964
Bristol, England
Died9 February 2016(2016-02-09) (aged 51)
OccupationScience Writer/Journalist
Known forScience 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.

Early life[edit]

Hanlon was born in Bristol and grew up on the Dorset coast. He studied Earth Sciences at university.[1]


Hanlon was the Science page editor at the Daily Telegraph[2] having previously been Science Editor at the Daily Mail,[3] 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.[4] The Guardian called Hanlon a "top science writer."[5]

Hanlon turned heads, including that of Ed West, when he abandoned his skepticism about global warming.[6] According to the Daily Telegraph, this followed a visit to the Greenland ice cap when he saw the extent of the melt for himself.[2]


  • 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)[3][7]
  • The Worlds of Galileo: A Jovian Odyssey (2001), co-authored with Arthur C. Clarke.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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.[9]


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ a b "Michael Hanlon, science writer - obituary". Daily Telegraph. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ Johnson, Greg L. "Eternity:Our Next Billion Years". SF Site. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Michael Hanlon on science writing: 'You need a bullshit detector'". The Guardian. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ West, Ed (16 August 2010). "Why shouldn't conservatives believe in man-made climate change?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Michael Hanlon". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  9. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/12159832/Michael-Hanlon-science-writer-obituary.html

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Science Editor of the Daily Mail Succeeded by