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Mr Marcus Chown

Writer & broadcaster (Cosmology Consultant, "New Scientist")

Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is cosmology consultant of New Scientist. His books include What A Wonderful World, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil, and We Need to Talk to Kelvin, which was short-listed for the 2010 Royal Society Book Prize. Marcus has also tried his hand at Apps and won The Bookseller Digital Innovation of the Year for Solar System for iPad. Marcus was a regular guest on the BBC4 comedy-science show, It’s Only A Theory and often appears on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. He has appeared at a variety of events including the Cheltenham Literary Festival, the Sydney Writers Festival, the National Theatre and the Wilderness Festival. He has also done stand-at comedy at a variety of venues from an upturned inflatable cow on London’s South Bank to a glass-bottomed boat in a shark tank at the Brighton Sealife Centre.