Professor Robert Hazen concentrates his research on high-pressure
organic synthesis and the origin of life. A prolific science
writer, Professor Hazen is active in presenting science
to the general public. His writing has appeared in Newsweek,
the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Technology Review,
and Scientific American.
Hazen is author of more than 230 articles and 15 books
on science, history, and music. His books with coauthor
James Trefil include the best-selling Science Matters: Achieving
Scientific Literacy (1991) and The Sciences: An Integrated
Approach (1999). A Fellow of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science, he has received the Mineralogical
Society of America Award (1982), the American Chemical Society
Ipatieff Prize (1986), the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award (1989),
the Educational Press Association Award (1992), and the
Elizabeth Wood Science Writing Award (1998).
Hazen serves on the Committee on Public Understanding of
Science of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, and on Advisory Boards for NOVA (WGBH Boston),
Encyclopedia Americana, and the Carnegie Council. He also
appears frequently on radio and television programs on science.