Robin Marantz Henig

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Robin Marantz Henig is a freelance science writer, and contributor to the New York Times Magazine. Her articles have appeared in Scientific American, Seed, Discover and women's magazines. She writes book reviews and occasional essays for the Washington Post, as well as articles for The New York Times science section, op-ed page, and Book Review.[1]

Henig won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship[2] in 2001 writing about the life and legacy of Paul de Kruif. She won a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2009.[3]

Henig has written several science books, including covering the early days of in-vitro fertilization research and the controversy surrounding the world's first test-tube baby in Pandora's Baby, which won the Watson Davis & Helen Miles Davis Prize of the History of Science Society, the 2005 Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers,[4] and the 2005 Outstanding Book (General Nonfiction) award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.[5] She has also won the Founders' Career Achievement Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.[6]

Henig attended Cornell University and earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.[7] Until recently,[when?] Henig lived in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Books authored[edit]

  • The Myth of Senility (foreword by Robert N. Butler, MD). Anchor/Doubleday, 1981; Scott, Foresman/AARP Books, 1985, 1988
  • Your Premature Baby (foreword by Benjamin Spock, MD). Rawson Associates, 1983; Ballantine Books, 1984
  • How a Woman Ages (with the editors of Esquire; foreword by Gail Sheehy). Ballantine Books, 1985
  • Being Adopted (with David M. Brodzinsky, PhD and Marshall Schechter, MD). Doubleday, 1992; Anchor Press, 1993
  • A Dancing Matrix: Voyages Along the Viral Frontier. Alfred A. Knopf, 1993; Vintage, 1994 (paperback).
  • The People's Health: A memoir of public health and its evolution at Harvard. The Joseph Henry Press, National Academy of Sciences, 1997
  • The Monk in the Garden: The lost and found genius of Gregor Mendel. Houghton-Mifflin, 2000; Mariner Books, 2001
  • Pandora's Baby: How the first test tube babies sparked the reproductive revolution. Houghton Mifflin, 2004
  • A Field Guide for Science Writers, second edition (co-editor, with Deborah Blum and Mary Knudson). Oxford University Press, 2005


  • Outstanding Book Award, American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2005 (Pandora's Baby); 1994 (A Dancing Matrix)
  • Best American Science Writing, Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005 ("The Genome in Black and White [and Gray])"
  • Library Journal, "30 Best Books of the Year" listing, 2004 (Pandora's Baby)
  • Science-in-Society Award, National Association of Science Writers, Best Magazine Article, 2005 ("The Quest to Forget")
  • National Book Critics Circle Award, finalist, 2001 (The Monk in the Garden)
  • Goodchild Prize for Excellent English, The Queen's English Society, finalist, 2001 (The Monk in the Garden)
  • New York Public Library "25 Books to Remember" Award, 2001 (The Monk in the Garden)
  • Journalism Research Fellowship, The Alicia Patterson Foundation, 2001
  • Mini-Fellowship, Knight Foundation for Science Writing, MIT, December 1999
  • Officer's Grant, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, 1998–99
  • June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Writing, American Society of Journalists and Authors: 2005, First Prize, articles ("The Quest to Forget"); 1994, First Prize, books (A Dancing Matrix); 1993, First Prize, articles ("Flu Pandemic")


  1. ^ "By Robin Marantz Henig". On Earth. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
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  3. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Robin Marantz Henig". Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  4. ^ "2005 Science in Society Awards | ScienceWriters (". Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  5. ^ "ASJA Writing Awards Recipients".
  6. ^ "2009-04-24: American Society of Journalists and Authors 2009 Writing Awards". Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  7. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Robin Marantz Henig". Retrieved 2016-07-02.