George Johnson

Santa Fe, N.M.



Writer, The New York Times, working on contract from Santa Fe, January 1995 to present.

Staff Editor, The Week in Review, The New York Times, December 1986 to October 1994.

Special Assignment Reporter, The Minneapolis Star, October 1979 to April 1982.

Reporter, The Albuquerque Journal, June 1975 to June 1977.

Teaching Experience

Co-founder and co-director of The Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, June 1996 to present.

Fellowships and Awards

AAAS Science Journalism Award, 2014.

Royal Society Book Prize, 2014 shortlist (for "The Cancer Chronicles").

Judge, Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, 2009 and 2010.

Science Writer in Residence, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2006, Santa Barbara, California.

Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science & Religion, 2005, Cambridge, England.

Finalist for the Royal Society Science Book Prize, 2001 (for "Strange Beauty").

Finalist for Pen Center USA-West Literary Award, 2000 (for "Strange Beauty").

Best American Science Writing 2000, edited by James Gleick.

Science Writer in Residence, University of Wisconsin; Madison, April 2000.

AAAS Science Journalism Award, 1999.

Finalist for the Royal Society Science Book Prize, 1997 (for "Fire in the Mind").

Finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 1996 (for "Fire in the Mind").

New York Times Publisher's Award, 1991.

Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, 1984.

Special Achievement in Nonfiction, PEN Los Angeles Center, 1984 (for "Architects of Fear").

Best Spot News Story. Albuquerque Press Club, 1976.


Public Speaking

Fox-Chase Cancer Center, public lecture, Philadelphia, April 2014.

Wistar Institute, public lecture, Philadelphia, October 2013.

National Association of Science Writers annual meeting, Raleigh, N.C., October 2012.

Science Writing in the Age of Denial, symposium at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 2012.

Association of Southern University Presidents annual meeting, Santa Fe, N.M., keynote, April 2012.

Burke Museum public lecture, Seattle, Washington, March 2009.

Decade of the Mind conference, keynote, Albuquerque, January 2009.

Harvard Observatory public lecture, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 2008.

Town Hall Seattle public lecture, Seattle, Washington, May 2008.

Perimeter Institute public lecture, Waterloo, Ontario, May 2006.

Hayden Planetarium public lecture, New York, November 2005.

Harvard Observatory public lecture, Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 2005.

Science, Technology and Society Lecture; Institute for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; Portland, Oregon, May 2004.

Pittsburgh Sci-Tech Festival; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 2004.

Parliament of World Religions; Capetown, South Africa, December 1999.

Santa Fe Institute public lecture; Santa Fe, N.M., November 1998.

Swedish Association of Science Journalists; lecture during Nobel Week; Stockholm, December 1997.

New York Public Library Center for the Humanities; Celeste Bartos Lecture; New York City, October 1996.

Science, Technology and Society Lecture; Institute for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; Portland, Oregon, December 1995.

Drexel University 100th Anniversary lecture; Philadelphia, 1991.


M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs, American University, Washington, D.C., 1979.

B.A. in Journalism with a minor in English, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1975.

For more details please see my biographical sketch and list of newspaper and magazine articles.