Sumit Paul-Choudhury

I’m Sumit Paul-Choudhury. I’m the editor-in-chief of New Scientist, the world’s most popular science weekly and one of the UK’s best respected media brands. I’m also currently the creative director for New Scientist Live, a festival of ideas and discovery launching in London in September 2016.

Trained as a physicist at Imperial College, I subsequently turned my hand to journalism, working in London and New York, and spent fifteen years writing about finance and technology before returning to science in 2008. I aim to make complex subjects comprehensible and relevant, from climate change to black holes, leaving readers fascinated and uplifted. I also like to talk about the future, and about how innovation and discovery change the world.

I’ve 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. Between 2012 and 2014 Simon Ings and I ran Arc, a critically acclaimed digital publication dedicated to literary explorations of the future. I’m the founder of Chantepleure Productions and a founding member of the Bishopsgate Experimental Noise Theatre, among other side projects.

My first wife, Kathryn, died of ovarian cancer in 2005. I’m now very happily re-married. I live in London.