I am a freelance journalist and editor with a specialist competence in science and scientifically literate humanities, and have worked and work predominantly with science, technology
and biomedicine with a national and international audience in mind. I have also a strong interest in their historical, geopolitical, legal and political and economic settings.
BIO: Helen Gavaghan.
I researched and wrote (under contract) the first official history of Eumetsat, the intergovernmental organisation responsible for Europe's weather and climate-monitoring satellites.
I am an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (New York) Fellowship winner and author of Something New Under the Sun, Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age (Copernicus, New York).
Currently I edit part-time and as freelance Science, People & Politics, a small magazine which I founded in 2005. In that capacity I have commissioned,
published and edited key people in science or science communication and policy: for example Jan Zalasciewicz, Graham Dutfield, Simon Whitby, Fay Korsmo, Paula Cleggett, Arie Issar and Liz Carpenter.
I have a broad scientific education and broad range as a journalist. I am a former editor of Clinica, a former technology news editor and Washington correspondent for
New Scientist. I worked in trade and technical journalism during the first three years of my career. I was Washington DC biomedical research policy correspondent
for Nature, with David Dickson as news editor. I have freelanced for: Science magazine, Nature, Nature Medicine (when in Washington DC),
The Scientist, BioMed Central, Le Journale Internationale de Medecin (as US correspondent), Biofutur (as UK correspondent),
the BBC World Service, UNESCO, The WHO and ESA and others.
I am grateful to my first editor (Ken Sharpe) for his informal training of me as an editor and journalist curing my first job, and to the London College of Printing and BBC News and Current Affairs
for their formal training of me as a journalist.
My degree is biophysics (1976-1980, a four-year, full-time degree with lots and lots of lab work, library work, non-stop lectures, a final year research project and an awful lot of exams).
My post grad academic work is in the history of science, technology and medicine. I have 10 'O' levels (1973), [In 1974 my father died], 4 'A' levels (1976) and grades 1 to 8 in
speech and drama