(b. August 1967) is a science writer, journalist
and broadcaster. He is the editor of Research Fortnight
and and teaches international science policy at Imperial College London
Born in London in 1967, his father Hassan Masood worked in actuarial science and his mother Shamsa Masood is a writer of short fiction in Urdu. He went to schools in York, Karachi and London; studied applied physics at Portsmouth Polytechnic
and science communication at Birkbeck, University of London
He worked for the journal Nature
as a writer from 1995 to 1999 and again as acting chief commissioning editor in 2008/2009. He has also worked as Opinion Editor of New Scientist
and communications director at LEAD International
He has also written for Prospect
magazine and Opendemocracy.net
, as well as The Times
, The Guardian
and Le Monde
. He is a trustee of Leadership for Environment and Development
and also advises the British Council
on science and on cultural relations.
Ehsan Masood is a regular contributor to Home Planet, an environmental affairs programme on BBC Radio 4 in the UK.
Ehsan Masood's latest book is A History
. This tells the story of how science developed during Islam's imperial period from 800 to 1500. It is the official tie-in to a three-part documentary series on BBC Television presented by Jim Al-Khalili
, Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey.
His other publications include: