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Gina Bari Kolata (born February 25, 1948) [1] is an American science journalist, writing for The New York Times.

Gina Kolata
Gina Bari

(1948-02-25) February 25, 1948 (age 71)
Baltimore, Maryland
OccupationScience journalist
Known forWriting for the New York Times
Notable work
Clone: The Road to Dolly, and the Path Ahead, Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It, Sex in America: A Definitive Survey

Life and careerEdit

Kolata was born Gina Bari in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother, mathematician Ruth Aaronson Bari (1917 – 2005), was of Jewish descent.[2] Her father, Arthur Bari, was a diamond setter of Italian heritage. One of her sisters is Hood College art historian, Dr. Martha Bari. Another was Earth First! environmental activist, feminist and assassination attempt survivor, Judi Bari (1949 - 1997).[3]

Kolata studied molecular biology as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a master's degree from University of Maryland, College Park in mathematics. She joined Science magazine as a copy editor in 1973, and wrote for the American Association for the Advancement of Science journal from 1974 until she moved to The New York Times in September 1987. She remains a Health & Science reporter at the newspaper. Kolata has taught writing as a visiting professor at Princeton University and frequently lectures across the country.[4]

She is a "self-proclaimed exercise addict (who thinks nothing of a 100-mile bike ride as a reward)," according to a Times advertisement for itself.[5]

Her husband, William G. Kolata, has taught mathematics and served as the technical director of the non-profit Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Philadelphia, a professional society for mathematicians.[6] The couple has two grown children, Therese [7] and Stefan.[8]


  • Clone: The Road to Dolly, and the Path Ahead, ISBN 0-688-16634-2[9]
  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It, Touchstone 2001 ISBN 0-7432-0398-4
  • Sex in America: A Definitive Survey, ISBN 978-0446671835
  • The Baby Doctors: Probing the Limits of Fetal Medicine, ISBN 0-440-21011-9 (out of print)
  • Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Health and Exercise, ISBN 0-374-20477-2
  • Rethinking Thin: The new science of weight loss - and the myths and realities of dieting. Picador. 2007. ISBN 0-312-42785-9.

Other publicationsEdit

  • Kolata, Gina Bari. Water Structure and Ion Binding: A Role in Cell Physiology, Science, 192 (4254), June 18, 1976, pp. 1220–1222.


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  3. ^ Wilken, Claudia (October 15, 1997). "Bari et al. v. Doyle et al". Decision and Order, pp. 2-3. United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2012-07-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Advertising supplement (with no title, but part of the "These Times Demand the Times" advertising campaign, as noted on the supplement's back page) to The New York Times, October 31, 2006, page ZK7 of the supplement
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  9. ^ Regis, Ed (1 Jan 1998). "Review: The Road to Dolly, and the Path Ahead by Gina Kolata". NY Times.

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