About the Initiative | Organizing Team
Thomas Levenson is Professor of Science Writing and Director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of four books on science and the history of science, most recently Newton and the Counterfeiter (2009) and Einstein in Berlin (2003). He has also produced, directed, written, and or executive-produced more than a dozen science documentaries, most recently the PBS mini-series Origins (2004) and the “Back to the Beginning” episode in that series, for which he received the 2005 National Academies Communication Award and the Foundation for the Future Walter P. Kistler Prize for best science documentary. Prior to Origins, Levenson produced directed and wrote the “Dome” episode in the PBS series Building Big (2001), for which he shared George Foster Peabody Award. He received the AAAS Science Communication award for his NOVA film “Eclipse of the Century.” His writing has appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and digital publications. Levenson earned his bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.