2008 Honorary Member
Author and New York Times science columnist Natalie Angier graduated with honors from Barnard College. At the age of 22, she was hired as a founding staff reporter and writer for Discover magazine. She also worked as the senior science writer for Time magazine; an editor at the women's business magazine, Savvy; and a professor of journalism at New York University. In 1990, she began writing for the New York Times, covering genetics, evolutionary biology, medicine and other subjects. Just 10 months later, she won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of 10 feature articles on a wide array of scientific topics. Her books include Natural Obsessions, an inside look at the high-throttle world of cancer research; The Beauty Of The Beastly, a hymn to the multitudinous, mostly invertebrate creatures we'd rather forget; and Woman: An Intimate Geography, a celebration of the female body and biology. In 2002, she edited The Best American Science and Nature Writing. Her latest book is The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science. She has also written for the Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar, Wired, Parade, Washington Monthly, Reader's Digest, Natural History, Geo, and Preservation, among others. Her work has appeared in The Best American Science Writing (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005) and The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006). Her many honors include the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Excellence in Science Journalism, the Lewis Thomas Award for distinguished writing in the life sciences, the Exploratorium's Public Understanding of Science Award and the General Motors International Award. In the fall of 2007, Angier begin a five-year term as the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She lives in Takoma Park, Md., with her husband, Rick Weiss, a science reporter for the Washington Post, and their daughter.