Natalie Wolchover

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Natalie Ann Wolchover (born October 16, 1986) is a science journalist.[1] She is a senior writer and editor for Quanta Magazine, and has been involved with Quanta's development since its inception in 2013.[1][2] In 2022 she won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.[3]

Early life[edit]

Wolchover was born in London, England and later moved to Blanco, Texas.[4]

Writing career[edit]

Wolchover began her career freelancing for Make magazine and Seed, then worked as an intern for Science Illustrated.[5] She then became a staff writer for Life's Little Mysteries where she answered science questions, debunked paranormal claims and fake videos and wrote about new research.[5]

Wolchover has written for publications including Quanta Magazine, Nature, The New Yorker, Popular Science, and LiveScience.[6][7][1] Her articles are often syndicated to sites such as Wired, Business Insider, Nautilus, and The Atlantic.[8][9]

Awards judges have recognized Wolchover's ability to communicate complex ideas such as Bayesian statistics to a general audience.[10]

Selected writing[edit]

Wolchover writes on topics within the physical sciences, such as high-energy physics, particle physics, AdS/CFT, quantum computing, gravitational waves, astrophysics, climate change, and Gödel's incompleteness theorems.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][excessive citations] Notable interviews include the highly cited theorists in high energy physics Ed Witten, Lisa Randall, Eva Silverstein, Juan Maldecena, Joe Polchinski, and Nima Arkani-Hamed.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][excessive citations]


Wolchover obtained a bachelor's degree in physics from Tufts University, during which time she co-authored several publications in non-linear optics.[27][1] In 2009, Wolchover went on to study graduate-level physics at the University of California, Berkeley.[1][2] She left graduate school during the first year in order to pursue a career in science journalism.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Wolchover lives in Brooklyn, New York with her wife.[30]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Natalie Wolchover". Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  2. ^ a b "Natalie Wolchover | Quanta Magazine". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  3. ^ a b Twitter Retrieved 2022-05-09. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Marzjarani, Morteza (August 2016). "ESRA Award Winner Talks Physics and Statistics".
  5. ^ a b Zivkovic, Bora. "Introducing: Natalie Wolchover". Scientific American Blog Network. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  6. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (2018-03-20). "A trek through the probable universe". Nature. 555 (7697): 440–441. Bibcode:2018Natur.555..440W. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-03272-8. PMID 32034337.
  7. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (2019-02-19). "A Different Kind of Theory of Everything". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  8. ^ "Natalie Wolchover". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  9. ^ "Natalie Wolchover". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  10. ^ a b "Natalie Wolchover". National Press Foundation. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  11. ^ "Frontier of Physics: Interactive Map". Quanta Magazine. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  12. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (2018-06-11). "Evidence Found for a New Fundamental Particle". Nautilus. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  13. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (4 March 2019). "The Physics Still Hiding in the Higgs Boson". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  14. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (21 February 2019). "How Our Universe Could Emerge as a Hologram". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  15. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (3 January 2019). "How Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  16. ^ "Studies Rescue LIGO's Gravitational-Wave Signal From the Noise". Quanta Magazine. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  17. ^ "Priyamvada Natarajan Maps the Invisible Universe". Quanta Magazine. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  18. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (25 February 2019). "A World Without Clouds". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  19. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (14 July 2020). "How Gödel's Proof Works". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  20. ^ "Edward Witten Ponders the Nature of Reality". Quanta Magazine. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  21. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (12 April 2016). "Debate Intensifies Over Dark Disk Theory". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  22. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (17 July 2017). "Eva Silverstein's Spirals and Strings". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  23. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (23 June 2017). "Juan Maldacena, Pondering Quantum Gravity by the Pond". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  24. ^ authors, Natalie Wolchover +2 (7 August 2017). "Joe Polchinski's Restless Pursuit of Quantum Gravity". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  25. ^ "Nima Arkani-Hamed and the Future of Physics". Quanta Magazine. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  26. ^ "Natalie Wolchover". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  27. ^ "Natalie Wolchover, A'08 | Physics and Astronomy". Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  28. ^ "Natalie Wolchover". 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  29. ^ "Natalie Wolchover". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  30. ^ a b c d "Natalie Wolchover". World Science Festival. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  31. ^ Talley, Jill (31 July 2016). "ASA Presents Physical Sciences Writer Natalie Wolchover with 2016 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award" (PDF). ASA News. American Statistical Association.

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