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David Chandler

Science Writer

David L. Chandler is a freelance writer and author who has been writing about science since 1975. He worked for the Boston Globe from 1980 to 2001, and was the Globe's principal science writer from the 1983 inception of the paper's weekly science section (initially Sci-Tech, later Health/Science) until he left to pursue book and magazine projects in 2001. He covers the space program, astronomy, physics, earth sciences, computers, and other areas of science and technology.

He has written two books: ``Life on Mars'' (NY: E.P. Dutton, 1979) and ``Access II: The Independent Producer's Handbook of Satellite Communications'' (co-author with Joseph Bakan; National Endowment for the Arts, 1981), and has written articles on science for New Scientist, Wired, Smithsonian, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Technology Review, the Boston Globe Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Boston magazine, Innovation magazine, Hispanic Engineer and PC Computing.

His approximately 2,000 Boston Globe stories were distributed by the Knight-Ridder wire service and have appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the US and in several other countries, including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Enquirer, San Francisco Examiner and Miami Herald, newspapers with a total circulation of over five million.

He has received the Media Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Award of Excellence of the Aviation/Space Writers' Association. He was listed in the Forbes MediaGuide directory of the 500 most influential journalists, and one of his stories was selected by the MediaGuide as one of the ten best science stories of the year (1993). He has been listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Technology, and Who's Who in Entertainment. One of his articles was listed in "America's Best Science and Nature Writing, 2003."

He was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999-2000, on a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship, and has since served as a judge for the fellowship's application process (for a mini-fellowship on genetics).

In addition to writing, Chandler has avidly pursued photography for more than 30 years, and whenever possible has provided both text and photos for his magazine articles. He has had two published magazine covers (Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, New Age) and photos in the Boston Globe, Boston Tab, The Phoenix, The Real Paper, The News (Boston University) and the book "Reggae Bloodlines" (Doudleday, 1975).

Chandler has made numerous television, radio and public-speaking appearances. He appeared dozens of times on the New England Cable News network's daily newscasts and special programs, on several radio talk shows, on a panel discussion on astronomy on the Boston PBS affiliate, WGBH, and other programs. He has given invited talks or participated in panel discussions at the Harvard School of Public Health, Wellesley College (keynote speaker for Chemistry Department Annual Banquet), Brandeis University, Boston University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University. He has also spoken to both grade-school and high-school classes, as well as college science writing classes.

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