Roger Highfield in 2014 at Cabo da Roca
Roger Ronald Highfield
July 1958 (age 60)
Julia Brookes (m. 1992)
|Thesis||Neutron scattering from chemical species (1983)|
- 1 Education
- 2 Career
- 3 Popular science books published
- 4 Awards and honours
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
Highfield was educated at Chase Side Primary School in Enfield and Christ's Hospital in Horsham. He read Chemistry at Pembroke College, Oxford and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Chemistry in 1980 followed by a Doctor of Philosophy for research on neutron scattering from chemical species.
Highfield was the Science editor of British newspaper The Daily Telegraph for more than 20 years. During that time he set up a long running science writing award for young people, a photography competition, the 'scientists meet the media' party, and organised mass experiments from 1994 with BBC's Tomorrow's World, called Live Lab and Megalab, such as the 'Truth Test' with Richard Wiseman.
Highfield is a Visiting Professor of Public Engagement at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. He is also Visiting Professor of Public Engagement at the Department of Chemistry at UCL and a Member of the Medical Research Council.
Popular science books published
The Mind Readers
In 2014 he wrote a 10,000 word article The Mind Readers in Mosaic, published by the Wellcome Trust. His account of the efforts to communicate with brain damaged patients that suffer disorders of consciousness was reproduced in other media worldwide, such as Gizmodo, The Week, The Independent  and Pacific Standard.
In 2011 his book Supercooperators: The Mathematics of Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour (Or, Why We Need Each Other to Succeed) was published, co-authored with Martin Nowak. A review published in Nature by Manfred Milinski describes the book as "part autobiography, part textbook, and reads like a best-selling novel." David Willetts, in the Financial Times, described the book as an "excellent example" of using the nexus of evolutionary biology, game theory and neuroscience to understand the development of cooperation in society
In 2006 his book After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning was published, co-authored with Ian Wilmut. Steven Poole in The Guardian describes the book as "an extremely lucid and readable explanation of the history of cloning and biologists' ideas for the future."
The Science of Harry Potter
In 2002 his book The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works was published. Christine Kenneally in The New York Times describes the book as "an enjoyably indirect survey of modern science."
The Physics of Christmas
In 1998 his book The Physics of Christmas: from the aerodynamics of reindeer to the thermodynamics of turkey was published. The British edition, Can Reindeer Fly?, got the world's shortest book review ('No')
Frontiers of Complexity
In 1996 his book Frontiers of Complexity: the search for order in a chaotic world was published, co-authored with Peter Coveney. The Nobel Laureate Philip Warren Anderson commented that 'I believe firmly, with Coveney and Highfield, that complexity is the scientific frontier.'
The Private Lives of Albert Einstein
In 1993 his book The Private Lives of Albert Einstein was published, co-authored with Paul Carter.
The Arrow of Time
Awards and honours
After testing a treadmill desk in 2006, Highfield uses one at work in the Science Museum and has advocated their widespread adoption. He often invites his visitors to take it for a spin, including Heston Blumenthal, Craig Venter, Samira Ahmed, Al Jean, Ben Miller and Dame Gail Rebuck 
Highfield married Julia Brookes in 1992 and has one son and one daughter.
- HIGHFIELD, Dr Roger Ronald. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
- Roger Highfield's author page on Amazon, Amazon.com
- "Roger Highfield biography". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- "Roger Highfield on science writing: 'Grab them with your first sentence'". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- Roger Highfield's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
- Highfield, Roger Ronald (1983). Neutron scattering from chemical species (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford.
- Highfield, R.R; Humes, R.P; Thomas, R.K; Cummins, P.G; Gregory, D.P; Mingins, J; Hayter, J.B; Schaerpf, O (1984). "Critical reflection of neutrons from a soap film". Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 97 (2): 367–373. doi:10.1016/0021-9797(84)90307-2. ISSN 0021-9797.
- "The Royal Institution - Roger Highfield". The Royal Institution. 2011. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- Highfield, Roger; Derbyshire, David; Uhlig, Robert (7 September 2000). "Young science writers pick-up awards". The Daily Telegraph. London.
- Highfield, Roger (20 September 2001). "The world as you've never seen it before". The Daily Telegraph. London.
- Highfield, R. (2000). "ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY: Selling Science to the Public". Science. 289 (5476): 59–59. doi:10.1126/science.289.5476.59. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 17832963.
- Hampshire, Adam; Highfield, Roger R.; Parkin, Beth L.; Owen, Adrian M. (2012). "Fractionating Human Intelligence". Neuron. 76 (6): 1225–1237. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2012.06.022. ISSN 0896-6273. PMID 23259956.
- Hampshire, Adam; Parkin, Beth; Highfield, Roger; Owen, Adrian M. (2014). "Response to: "Higher-order g versus blended variable models of mental ability: Comment on Hampshire, Highfield, Parkin, and Owen (2012)"". Personality and Individual Differences. 60: 8–12. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2013.10.032. ISSN 0191-8869.
- Hampshire, Adam; Parkin, Beth; Highfield, Roger; Owen, Adrian M. (2014). "Brief response to Ashton and colleagues regarding Fractionating Human Intelligence". Personality and Individual Differences. 60: 16–17. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2013.11.013. ISSN 0191-8869.
- Coveney, P. V.; Dougherty, E. R.; Highfield, R. R. (2016). "Big Data need Big Theory too". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 374 (2080): 1373–1386. doi:10.1098/rsta.2016.0153. PMC 5052735.
- "Director and Group Executive".
- "University of Oxford Gazette" (PDF).
- "Centre for Computational Science website at UCL".
- "UK Research and Innovation website".
- The Independent. London https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/a-group-of-neuroscientists-believes-it-can-communicate-with-lockedin-coma-patients-9268369.html?origin=internalSearch. Missing or empty
- Supercooperators: The Mathematics of Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour ISBN 1847673368
- Milinski, M. (2011). "Biology: A revolution in evolution". Nature. 471 (7338): 294–295. doi:10.1038/471294b.
- The invisible hand that binds us all by David Willetts FT 24-Apr-2011
- After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning ISBN 0316724696
- The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works ISBN 0142003557
- Kenneally, Christine (5 January 2003). "Books in Brief: Nonfiction". The New York Times.
- The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey ISBN 0316366951
- Can Reindeer Fly?: The Science of Christmas ISBN 0753813661
- Frontiers of Complexity: The Search for Order in a Chaotic World ISBN 0449910814
- Coveney, Peter; Highfield, Roger (1991). "The arrow of time". Nature. 350 (6318): 456–456. doi:10.1038/350456a0. ISSN 0028-0836.
- More And Different: Notes from a Thoughtful Curmudgeon ISBN 9814350125
- The Private Lives of Albert Einstein ISBN 0312302274
- The Arrow of Time: The Quest to Solve Science's Greatest Mystery: The Quest to Solve Science's Greatest Mysteries ISBN 0006544622
- Highfield, Roger (19 September 2006). "I've seen the future: it's a hamster wheel". The Daily Telegraph. London.
- The Independent. London https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/walking-while-i-work-has-been-a-big-step-forward-8513805.html. Missing or empty
- "Treadmill desk: bring the gym to your office". The Daily Telegraph. London. 5 September 2014.
- on YouTube, 2012-09-26