Walter Sullivan (journalist)

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Walter Seager Sullivan, Jr. (January 12, 1918 – March 19, 1996) was considered the "dean" of science writers.[1]

Sullivan spent most of his career as a science reporter for The New York Times. Over a 50-year career he covered all aspects of science—Antarctic expeditions, rocket launchings in the late 1950s, physics, chemistry, and geology.

He wrote several well-received books, including Assault on the Unknown about the International Geophysical Year; We Are Not Alone, a bestseller about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence; Continents in Motion; Black Holes: The Edge of Space, the End of Time; and Landprints. Sullivan won nearly every award open to a science journalist, including the Daly Medal of the American Geographical Society, the George Polk Award, the Distinguished Public Service Award of the National Science Foundation, the AIP Science writing award; the James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public from the American Chemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1980 Sullivan was awarded the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.[2]

The American Geophysical Union named its science journalism award after Sullivan.[3]

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  1. ^ John Noble Wilford. "Walter Sullivan, 78, Dies; Showed Science at Its Most Daring". The New York Times, March 29, 1996, p. D24. (registration required)
  2. ^ "Public Welfare Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism—Features". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 30 October 2019.