Sumit Paul-Choudhury trained as a physicist at Imperial College in London, before turning his hand to journalism. He worked in London and New York, and spent fifteen years writing about finance and technology before returning to science in 2008. He has worked for New Scientist for 9 years, becoming Editor in 2011 and more recently editor in chief. Choudhury trained as a physicist at Imperial College, subsequently turning his hand to journalism, working in London and New York, and spending fifteen years writing about finance and technology before returning to science in 2008.
In addition to the day job, he was editor-in-chief of Arc, an acclaimed digital publication dedicated to the future, between 2012 and 2014; and in 2016, served as the founding creative director for New Scientist Live, the world’s most exciting festival of ideas and discovery. He’s currently serving as a judge on this year’s Wellcome Book Prize.
Choudury aims to make complex subjects comprehensible and relevant, from artificial intelligence to black holes, leaving readers fascinated and uplifted. He also likes to talk about the future, and about how innovation and discovery change the world. He’s written for publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to the New Musical Express, spoken at events ranging from Innovate 2015 to London Fashion Week, and judged the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and the Royal Television Society Programme Awards.
He’s a Fellow of the RSA, the founder of Chantepleure Productions and a founding member of the Bishopsgate Experimental Noise Theatre, among numerous other side projects. He lives, works and fails to sleep in London.
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