Hager at the Oregon coast, 2010
April 18, 1953 |
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Occupation||Writer, science historian, editor, publisher|
|Genre||Science history, biography|
|Children||Jackson Hager, Zane Hager, Elizabeth Hager|
Thomas Hager is an American author of popular science and narrative nonfiction.
Thomas Hager is the author of eleven books on health and science, as well as more than 100 feature and news articles in a variety of popular and professional periodicals. His national awards include the American Chemical Society's 2017 James T. Grady–James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. 
Hager's 2008 book The Alchemy of Air was a finalist for the National Academies Communication Award; listed among the "Best Books of The Year" by Kirkus Reviews; and named a Borders "Original Voices" Selection.
He has been an invited lecturer and guest scholar at a number of universities, and has spoken widely to groups ranging from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to the Goddard Space Center, industry conventions, medical gatherings, and school and civic organizations. His media appearances include two talks on C-SPAN's Book TV; interviews on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” “Science Friday,” "Diane Rehm Show" and “Tech Nation;” and an expert role in the OPB documentary "Linus Pauling." His books have been translated into six languages.
An Oregon native, Hager started his writing career after earning a master's degree in medical microbiology and immunology from the Oregon Health Sciences University and a second master's in journalism at the University of Oregon. He served as a communications intern at the National Cancer Institute, worked as a freelance medical writer, was a regular contributor to American Health, and was a West Coast news correspondent for the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 1983 he became founding editor of LC Magazine, a trade publication for scientists. At the University of Oregon he edited the award-winning Oregon Quarterly magazine for a decade, and then served a number of years as the UO's Director of Communications and Marketing, and director of the University of Oregon Press. He is currently a courtesy associate professor of journalism and communication at the UO. 
He currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife, the writer Lauren Kessler. They have three children: Jackson, Zane, and Elizabeth.
Books by Thomas Hager include:
- Aging Well, 1990, with Lauren Kessler, Fireside Press
- Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling, 1995, Simon & Schuster
- Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life, 1998, Oxford University Press
- Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker, 2001, ed. with Clifford Mead, OSU Press
- The Demon under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor’s Heroic Search for the World’s First Miracle Drug, 2006, Harmony/Crown; paperback, audio, and digital editions.
- The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery that Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler, 2008, Harmony/Crown; paperback, audio, and digital editions.