David L. Chandler is a freelance writer and author who has been writing about
science since 1975. He worked for the Boston Globe from 1980 to 2001, and
was the Globe's principal science writer from the 1983 inception of the paper's
weekly science section (initially Sci-Tech, later Health/Science) until he
left to pursue book and magazine projects in 2001. He covers the space program,
astronomy, physics, earth sciences, computers, and other areas of science
He has written two books: ``Life on Mars'' (NY: E.P. Dutton, 1979) and ``Access
II: The Independent Producer's Handbook of Satellite Communications'' (co-author
with Joseph Bakan; National Endowment for the Arts, 1981), and has written
articles on science for New Scientist, Wired, Smithsonian, Sky & Telescope,
Astronomy, Technology Review, the Boston Globe Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly,
Boston magazine, Innovation magazine, Hispanic Engineer and PC Computing.
His approximately 2,000 Boston Globe stories were distributed by the Knight-Ridder
wire service and have appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the US
and in several other countries, including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore
Sun, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Enquirer, San Francisco Examiner and
Miami Herald, newspapers with a total circulation of over five million.
He has received the Media Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics and the Award of Excellence of the Aviation/Space Writers'
Association. He was listed in the Forbes MediaGuide directory of the 500
most influential journalists, and one of his stories was selected by the
MediaGuide as one of the ten best science stories of the year (1993). He
has been listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Technology,
and Who's Who in Entertainment. One of his articles was listed in "America's Best Science and Nature Writing, 2003."
He was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999-2000, on a Knight
Science Journalism Fellowship, and has since served as a judge for the fellowship's
application process (for a mini-fellowship on genetics).
In addition to writing, Chandler has avidly pursued photography for more
than 30 years, and whenever possible has provided both text and photos for
his magazine articles. He has had two published magazine covers (Boston Globe
Sunday Magazine, New Age) and photos in the Boston Globe, Boston Tab, The
Phoenix, The Real Paper, The News (Boston University) and the book "Reggae
Bloodlines" (Doudleday, 1975).
Chandler has made numerous television, radio and public-speaking appearances.
He appeared dozens of times on the New England Cable News network's daily
newscasts and special programs, on several radio talk shows, on a panel discussion
on astronomy on the Boston PBS affiliate, WGBH, and other programs. He has
given invited talks or participated in panel discussions at the Harvard School
of Public Health, Wellesley College (keynote speaker for Chemistry Department
Annual Banquet), Brandeis University, Boston University, the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, and Tufts University. He has also spoken to both
grade-school and high-school classes, as well as college science writing