Seth is a journalist and author with 25 years of experience covering issues in science, technology and innovation. He is the author of five books and hundreds of articles for magazines including, The Atlantic, Discover, Nature, Parade, Rolling Stone, The Progressive, Smithsonian and Time, among many others. From 2001-2003, he also wrote a monthly column about innovation and intellectual property for Technology Review magazine and has made numerous radio and television appearances on shows including NPR's "All Things Considered," "Weekend Edition," "Fresh Air," and "Talk of the Nation, Science Friday."
Among his many accolades, Seth was the first-ever Science Writing Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT for the 2004-2005 academic year, the recipient of a research and writing grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation, and has received numerous awards for his writing; in 2001, his work was selected a finalist for a 2001 National Magazine Award in the public interest category. His 2006 book, Undermining Science: Suppression and Distortion in the Bush Administration (University of California Press) is based upon a series of investigative reports he wrote under contract with the Union of Concerned Scientists. A campaign related to the evidence he uncovered has drawn the support of more than 11,000 U.S. scientists, including 52 Nobel Laureates and 63 National Medal of Science winners. His latest book, The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret is forthcoming this winter from W.W. Norton. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University.
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