Simon Singh

Science writer

Simon Singh is the author of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, Fermat's Last Theorem, Big Bang, The Code Book and Trick or Treatment?.

Having completed his Ph.D. in particle physics, Simon joined the BBC’s science department in 1990. He was a producer and director on programmes such as Tomorrow’s World, Horizon and Earth Story. His documentary about the world’s most notorious mathematical problem was nominated for an Emmy and won a BAFTA. In 1997 he wrote a book on the same subject, entitled Fermat’s Last Theorem.

He presented a 5-part series on the history of cryptography for Channel 4, The Science of Secrecy and two series of Mind Games on BBC4. His programmes on Radio 4 include The Serendipity of Science, Five Numbers and Another Five Numbers. In 2003 he received an MBE for services to science communication and education.

After defending a libel action brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association, Singh was at the forefront of the Libel Reform Campaign which successfully lobbied for the Defamation Act passed in 2013.

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