AG’s astronomer wins science writing award

AG columnist and astronomer Fred Watson has received a science writing accolade.
By AG Staff November 7, 2013 Reading Time: < 1

AG columnist and astronomer Fred Watson has received a science writing accolade.

AG’S ASTRONOMY columnist Professor Fred Watson has been recognised for his achievements in science writing.

The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing was awarded to Fred at a ceremony on Tuesday. The winning entry, Here come the ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague, was from his 2013 book Star-Craving Mad: Tales from a travelling astronomer, published by Allen and Unwin.

As well as penning the astronomy column in each issue of the Australian Geographic journal, Fred is also astronomer in charge of the Anglo-Australian Observatory at Coonabarabran.

Two runners-up were also announced: Professor Chris Turney at University of New South Wales, for Martyrs to Gondwanaland: the cost of scientific exploration and Gina Perry, a psychologist and writer, for Beyond the Shock Machine.

The winning pieces will appear in The Best Australian Science Writing 2013, the third annual collection established by UNSW Press to recognise outstanding science writing.

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