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Bruce Dorminey (born March 8, 1959) is an American science journalist and author who primarily covers aerospace, astronomy and astrophysics. He is a regular contributor to Astronomy magazine. Since March 2012, he has written a regular tech column for [1] He is also a correspondent for Renewable Energy World.

Bruce Dorminey
Bruce Dorminey at the 2009 AJOYA dinner in Paris.
Bruce Dorminey at the 2009 AJOYA dinner in Paris.
BornOcilla, Georgia
OccupationScience Journalist
Alma materUniversity of Washington
Notable worksDistant Wanderers: the Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System
Notable awardsAJOYA (1998)



Dorminey grew up and attended public schools in the small rural town of Ocilla, Georgia, and is a graduate of Irwin County High School and the University of Washington in Seattle. He began his print journalism career in 1988 in New York and then began reporting from Europe, primarily as a film and arts correspondent, mostly for newspaper outlets such as the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Dallas Morning News and Canada's The Globe and Mail. While in Europe, he also wrote political and business-related stories.

Distant WanderersEdit

Distant Wanderers: The Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System is a book, written by Dorminey, which reports on astronomical research and theory related to the search for extrasolar planets, as of the publication date of 2001.[1][2] It received reviews from publications including Astronomy magazine,[3] USA Today,[4] and New Scientist [5]


Dorminey was a 1998 winner in the Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards (AJOYA) in the "Best Systems or Technology Submission" category for a Financial Times article on the European Space Agency’s HIPPARCOS mission.

In 2004, Dorminey was a founding team member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute's Science Communication Focus Group. [2]


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  3. ^ "Dorminey hits the mark again with the most up-to-date and complete account of the ongoing hunt for extrasolar planets. Dorminey packs a wealth of timely information into an easily manageable span of just over 200 pages. ... Additionally, each chapter is generously illustrated with photos, graphs, and tables. P " (William Schomaker,, May, 2002)
  4. ^ "A short course in one of the most exciting areas of astronomical discovery lies within Distant Wanderers, The Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System … . In short chapters that profile key players in the planet-hunting game, Dorminey tackles the science behind the finds … . He keeps the language simple … . Dorminey lays out the science behind the arguments about whether life exists on those distant locales, once they are discovered, a dispute sure to pick up intensity." (Dan Vergano, USA Today, November, 2001)
  5. ^ "In his timely book, Distant Wanderers, Bruce Dorminey, an award-winning aerospace journalist, takes us on a world tour to meet the astronomers undertaking one of the most fascinating searches of all time: ... this book is a highly worthwhile read and will enable you to appreciate what lies behind each discovery and its significance to our own future." (Ian Morison, New Scientist, February, 2002)

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