Tom Siegfried is a science journalist who lives in Springfield, Va. From 1985 to 2004, he was science editor of The Dallas Morning News, where he trained some of the nation's top science and medical writers. From 2007 to 2012 He was editor in chief of Science News in Washington, D.C. He is currently on the board of directors of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
Tom was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Avon. He earned an
undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University with majors in journalism,
chemistry and history, and has a master of arts with a major in journalism and a
minor in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his journalism
career as a business and science writer for the Fort Worth Press and later served
on the journalism faculty at Texas Christian University before joining the Morning
News. He is the author of The Bit and the Pendulum, (Wiley, 2000); Strange
Matters (Joseph Henry Press, 2002); and A Beautiful Math (Joseph Henry Press, 2006). He is also a contributor to the National Association of Science Writers' Field Guide for Science Writers.
Tom's work has earned various awards, most recently the American Geophysical
Union's Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism. Other awards include the Science-in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers, the American Association for the Advancement of
Science-Westinghouse Award, and the American Chemical Society's James T.
Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. He has also received awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Texas Headliners club. He is among the writers whose work was included in The Best American Science Writing 2004.
Currently Tom's science column appears in Science News Prime, the tablet edition of Science News. His free-lance work has appeared in several publications, including Science, Nature, and New Scientist.