Sir John Maddox
Former Editor, Nature

For 23 years, Sir John R. Maddox served as the editor of Nature, one of the most respected science journals in the world. Retired from that position since 1995, he continues to write and lecture, and in 1998 he published his fifth book, What Remains to Be Discovered: The Agenda for Science in the Next Century, which provides a thoughtful and accessible introduction to the theme of the 2001 Nobel Conference.

Born in South Wales, Maddox was trained in chemistry and physics at Oxford University and King’s College in London. He lectured in theoretical physics at the University of Manchester for six years (1949-1955) before switching careers to become a science correspondent at the Manchester Guardian (1955-1964). After serving two years as coordinator of the Nuffield Science Teaching Project, he began the first of two stints (1966-1973 and 1980-1995) as editor of Science. In 1973, he interrupted his editorship to pursue work as an independent editor and writer and later to direct the Nuffield Foundation, an independent charity that funds research projects advancing education and social welfare (1975-1980). Maddox was knighted in 1995 and elected a Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in that same year and to honorary fellowship in the Royal Society in 2000. He lives in London.

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