Robin Marantz Henig
Fellow: Awarded 2009
Field of Study: Science Writing
Competition: US & Canada
Robin Marantz Henig is a freelance journalist, book author, and contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. She has written eight books, most recently Pandora’s Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution, about the early days of in vitro fertilization research. She co-edited A Field Guide for Science Writers, and her articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Civilization, Discover, OnEarth, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and just about every woman’s magazine in the grocery store. She also writes book reviews and opinion pieces for the New York Times and Washington Post, and from 1998 to 2000 was a member of the board of contributors of USA Today. For the past ten years, she has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Science Writers.
Ms. Henig graduated from Cornell University in 1973 with a major in English, and she has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Her fellowships include an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship, a Sloan Foundation grant, a mini-fellowship from the Knight Foundation for Science Writing at MIT, and a science writing fellowship from the Marine Biological Laboratory. Pandora’s Baby was named Book of the Year by the American Society of Journalists and Authors in 2005, and in 2006 it won both the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers and the Helen and Miles Davis Book Prize of the History of Science Society. Her previous book, The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle award in 2001. The British version of that book, published under the perplexing title A Monk and Two Peas, was a finalist in 2001 for the Goodchild Prize for Excellent English of the Queen’s English Society.
Look at one of her recent articles for the New York Times Magazine.