Ehsan Masood

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Ehsan Masood (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, 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.

Selected publications

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:
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