2005 Honorary Member
Ira Flatow is the host of NPR’s Talk of The Nation: Science Friday®, bringing radio and Internet listeners worldwide a lively, informative weekly discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment. He is also founder and president of TalkingScience, a non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV and Internet projects that make science "user friendly." Mixing his passion for science with a tendency toward being "a bit of a ham," Flatow describes his work as the challenge "to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table." He has shared that enthusiasm with public radio listeners for more than 35 years. His most recent book is They All Laughed…From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives. It followed on the heels of Rainbows, Curve Balls and Other Wonders of the Natural World Explained. His numerous TV credits include six years as host and writer for the Emmy-award-winning Newton's Apple on PBS; science reporter for CBS This Morning, Westinghouse and cable’s CNBC. His articles and commentary have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. Recent honors include the 2005 Public Service Award from the National Science Board, the AAAS Journalism Award and the Carl Sagan Award. A native of New York, Flatow now lives in Connecticut.