Science, society and culture

Dr Francis Sedgemore

Dr Francis Sedgemore is a freelance journalist, writer and recovering physicist who covers many and various topics, including but not limited to science, engineering, technology, politics, education and the arts.

Before his early release from the ivory tower of academe, Francis was for a decade a research scientist and university teacher specialising in atmospheric and space physics.

Francis now concentrates on communicating science at various levels, with a focus on physical and environmental sciences and engineering, public outreach, education and policy.

While principally a writer, Francis is also an editor, with experience ranging from research papers and other technical documents to journalistic feature articles and news reports.

As a writer and editor, Francis has worked in diverse fields, including academic science publishing, magazines, newsletters and websites, national and local general news media.

Current clients include science and engineering publishers, government and third sector organisations, and Francis is respected by all for his professionalism and high quality work.

In addition to his living as a wordsmith, Francis engages in sustainable transport and unhealthy lifestyle advocacy with a focus on fixed-wheel cycling and ale drinking (though not, he hastens to add, at the same time!). Francis is also a musician and photographer, secretary of the the nearly 4,000-strong London Freelance Branch of the National Union of Journalists, and a member of the NUJ’s Freelance Industrial Council and Equality Council. Within his local community in London, Francis is a co-founder of the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels.

Francis leads an itinerant life, but he is mostly to be found in the southeastern sector of the group of obscure northern European islands known as Great Britain, the United Kingdom, Perfidious Albion, or, to the annoyance of around 10 million of its inhabitants, England.