I’m Sumit Paul-Choudhury. Since 2011, I’ve been the editor-in-chief of New Scientist, the world’s most popular science weekly and one of the UK’s most highly respected media brands. In 2018 I’ll be taking up the new position of strategy director, which means I’ll be responsible for product management and development and strategic partnerships.
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. In addition to the day job, I was editor-in-chief of Arc, an acclaimed digital publication dedicated to the future, between 2012 and 2014; and in 2016 I served as the founding creative director for New Scientist Live, the world’s most exciting festival of ideas and discovery. I’m currently serving as a judge on this year’s Wellcome Book Prize.
I aim to make complex subjects comprehensible and relevant, from artificial intelligence 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. I’m 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. I live, work and fail to sleep in London.