Posted 21st March, 2014. Fred Pearce (address removed for privacy). An updated version of a testimonial initially written 3rd August, 2013.


I write in commendation of Helen Gavaghan. She has a long and distinguished career as a journalist, author and publisher that I cannot applaud too highly.

I am a long-time journalistic colleague of hers. We worked together for many years in the 1980s at New Scientist magazine in London, where I was the news editor and she was the technology news editor and roving technology reporter, writing articles for me in the US, Israel, Vietnam and other places, as well as in the UK.

She was subsequently based for the magazine in its Washington DC bureau. She has written two books, one of which attracted a substantial award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation prior to its publication in New York. She wrote the official history of EUMETSAT, during which she had privileged and exclusive access to its unpublished records.

We have more recently been colleagues on the on-line publication Science, People & Politics, which she founded in 2006.

During her distinguished career, Helen has reported extensively for all the premier English language scientific journals, including Nature and Science, and is regarded as one of the better science and technology journalists of her generation. She unsuccessfully ran for election as deputy general secretary of the Nation Union of Journalists in 2011. She has done post-graduate research for the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester.

I have been a freelance international environment and science journalist and author for 24 years, since leaving New Scientist. I am a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Association of British Science Writers.

Fred Pearce

The original hard copy of this testimonial was signed and dated 3rd August, 2013 in support of a job application I made to one of the police forces in England and Wales. A currently dated, signed hard copy with the words "has been" altered to "is" can be provided if needed.
Reproduced with consent given by Mr Pearce 21st March, 2014.

my evolving ideas for an illustration of developing cell structure. Helen Gavaghan

I am reading views of biologists on cell structure and function written in the 1960s, and am interested in how those ideas compare with the scientific literature today.

Illustration copyright
Helen Gavaghan.