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Natalie Angier (born February 16, 1958 in Bronx, New York City) is an American nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting.



After completing two years at the University of Michigan, she studied physics and English at Barnard College, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1978.[1]

From 1980 to 1984, Angier wrote about biology for Discover Magazine. She also worked as a science writer for Time Magazine, and was briefly an adjunct professor in New York University's Graduate Program in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting. In 1990, she joined The New York Times as a science writer. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting in 1991. She contributed the piece "Biologically Correct" to the 2003 anthology Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium, edited by Robin Morgan.[2] She was selected to be the keynote speaker for the 2009 Washington & Jefferson College Commencement exercises and is Cornell University's A.D. White (Andrew Dixon White) Professor at Large.

Angier lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with her husband, Rick Weiss, former Washington Post science and medical reporter and current Director of Strategic Communications at DARPA.[3] Their daughter Katherine is a student at Princeton University.[4][5] Angier is an outspoken atheist.


  • Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting, 1991.
  • Natural Obsessions named NYT Notable Book of the Year, 1988.
  • Natural Obsessions named AAAS Notable Book of the Year, 1988.
  • AAAS award for excellence in journalism.
  • Lewis Thomas Award for distinguished writing in the life sciences.
  • General Motors International award for writing about cancer.
  • Six-year appointment (2006–2012) as an A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.
  • In 2007 the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSICOP) awarded Angier the Robert P. Balles Prize for Critical Thinking for her book The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science."[S}he thoughtfully explores what it means to think scientifically and the benefits of extending the scientific ethos to all areas of human life."[6]


  • Natural Obsessions (1988)
  • The Beauty of the Beastly (1995)
  • Woman: an Intimate Geography (1999)[7]
  • The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science (2007), Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 0-618-24295-3


  1. ^ Elizabeth A. Brennan, Elizabeth C. Clarage, eds. (1999). Who's who of Pulitzer Prize winners. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-57356-111-2.
  2. ^ "Library Resource Finder: Table of Contents for: Sisterhood is forever : the women's anth". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  3. ^ "Public Affairs". DARPA. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  4. ^ Darby, Ann (March 22, 1999). "Natalie Angier: The Science Of Being Female". Publishers Weekly (Volume 245, Issue 12). Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Natalie Angier on Twitter". Twitter. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. My daughter dazzled last night at Princeton, playing a Brahms piano quartet. I'm her mom, but I can't figure out how her fingers do that!!
  6. ^ Bupp, Nathan. "CSI's Robert P. Balles Award Goes to New York Times Science Writer Natalie Angier". Skeptical Inquirer. CSICOP. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  7. ^ "ARPA: Charles and the Women: Darwinian psychology meets the female body". Retrieved October 3, 2018.

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