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Lewis Dartnell

Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster

Lewis Dartnell is a researcher looking into the possibility of life beyond Earth.

He graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Biological Sciences and completed his PhD at University College London in 2007. His research is in the field of astrobiology and the search for microbial life on Mars. He has also held a STFC Science in Society Fellowship and is active in delivering live events at schools and science festivals, and working as a scientific consultant for the media. He has won several awards for his science writing and outreach work and regularly writes newspapers and magazine articles. He has published four books: The Knowledge was the Sunday Times ‘New Thinking’ Book of the Year and international bestseller, and his latest, ORIGINS: How the Earth Made Us, was a Sunday Times top History book of 2019.  


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