Washington: Anil Ananthaswamy, a London based Indian origin writer, has won the
inaugural Physics Journalism Prize sponsored by the Institute of
Physics (IOP) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
The prize is designed to inspire the next generation of physicists
by encouraging journalists to grapple with often complex topics
and help spread excitement about the subject, according to an IOP
release forwarded by the American Astronomical Society.
Ananthaswamy, a consultant at New Scientist Magazine and author of
"The Edge of Physics," has won the prize for his article "Hip Hip
Array," which focuses on the Square Kilometre Array, an
international project to design and build the largest radio
telescope ever conceived.
"Anil Ananthaswamy is being awarded the prize for writing a
feature which brings one of the world's most exciting astronomical
endeavors to life -- the Square Kilometre Array," said IOP
President Sir Peter Knight.
The Physics Journalism Award offers the prize of an expenses paid
trip to Japan, to visit world-leading facilities carrying out
research at the frontiers of physics.
On winning, Ananthaswamy commented, "Writing about physics,
especially about the work being done in remote, difficult and
sometimes hostile environments, is a special pleasure. Winning an
award for doing what I love to do is just icing on the cake. I
truly appreciate the recognition."
Mark Henderson, Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust and
former Science Editor at The Times, said, "Anil Ananthaswamy has
an eye for illustrative detail of which the best travel writers
would be proud."
Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of STEMNET, said, "The winning
article on the competition for the Square Kilometre Array will be
particularly inspirational to young people, offering them an
opportunity to see how fascinating contemporary physics research
Commenting on the winner's choice of topic, Terry O'Connor, Head
of Communications at STFC, added, "The Square Kilometre Array will
open new avenues of research, and delve further back into the
formation of the universe."