Oliver Morton (science writer)

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Oliver Morton in 2007

Oliver Morton is a British science writer and editor. He has written for many publications, including The American Scholar (for which he has won the American Astronomical Society's 2004 David N. Schramm Award for High Energy Astrophysics Science Journalism),[1] Discover,[2] The Economist,[3] The Independent,[4] the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,[5] National Geographic,[6] Nature (where he was the chief news and features editor),[7] The New Yorker,[8] Newsweek International,[9] Prospect,[10] and Wired.[11]

In 2016 his book The Planet Remade was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.[12]

Morton is a fellow of the Hybrid Vigor Institute.[13] He has a degree in the history and philosophy of science from Cambridge University and lives with his wife in Greenwich, England.[14] Asteroid 10716 Olivermorton is named for him.[15]


  • Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World. Picador, 2002. ISBN 0-312-24551-3
  • Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet. Fourth Estate, a HarperCollins imprint, 2007. ISBN 978-0-00-717179-8
  • The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World. Princeton University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-691-14825-0


  1. ^ Goddard Space Flight Center (August 10, 2004). "David Schramm Award to Writer Oliver Morton for Article on High-energy Neutrinos". SpaceRef.com. (Partial reprint, "Moonshine and glue: a thirteen-unit guide to the extreme edge of astrophysics. Part I: Nanoseconds." on Access My Library digital library). Oliver Morton wins the fourth edition of the David N. Schramm award for an article describing the appeal and pitfalls of high-energy neutrino science. The article "Moonshine and Glue" was published in the spring 2004 issue of The American Scholar. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Oliver Morton (October 1, 1999). "Is the Earth Alive?". Discover (magazine abstract). External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ Oliver Morton (November 16, 2006). "Cool It: With a little help from non-Silicon Valley". The Economist, The World in 2007 print edition.
  4. ^ Oliver Morton (31 December 1997). "The answer to life and the universe? Well, that depends on the question". The Independent - reprint on The Edge.
  5. ^ Oliver Morton (August 18, 1999). "Cameron maps out his twin Mars projects". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  6. ^ Oliver Morton (January 1, 2004). "Mars: Planet Ice". National Geographic.
  7. ^ Nature. "Oliver Morton, Chief News and Features Editor".
  8. ^ Oliver Morton (December 2, 2002). "Dust Devils: In Michael Crichton's new novel, the villains are very small and very hungry". The New Yorker (review of Michael Crichton's Prey).
  9. ^ Oliver Morton (March 18, 2002). "The Secret of a Rock". Newsweek International.
  10. ^ Prospect. "Articles written by Oliver Morton".
  11. ^ Oliver Morton. "Deep Impact". Wired Issue 11.02, February 2003.
  12. ^ "Shortlist for The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016 unveiled". royalsociety.org. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  13. ^ The Hybrid Vigor Institute. "Oliver Morton (Hybrid Vigor Fellow since 2001)". Archived from the original on 2007-07-29.
  14. ^ Strategic News Service. "The SNS London Dinner 2007: Oliver Morton". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29.
  15. ^ Prospect (July 2005). "News & Curiosities: olivermorton". Congratulations to Prospect regular Oliver Morton, who has been honoured for his decades-long service to the planetary-science journalism community by having an asteroid named after him. “(10716) Olivermorton,” discovered in 1983 by Morton's friend Ted Bowell, is in no danger of colliding with its earthbound namesake, as it is firmly entrenched in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. But it is 10km across—bigger, as Morton points out, than Mount Everest.