Nigel Henbest is an internationally acclaimed science populariser, specialising in astronomy and space. His books and articles have been published around the world, and his TV productions have gained awards in Britain and in the US. He has recently been appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee.
Nigel was a founder of Pioneer Productions – one of the UK’s top independent TV production companies, specialising in factual and scientific programming. His screen credits include BBC Television, Channel 4 (UK), Discovery Channel and ABC (Australia).
Now a freelance writer again, Nigel writes a regular column - with Heather Couper - for The Independent, a leading UK daily newspaper. He has also been Astronomy Consultant to New Scientist magazine, Editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, and Media Consultant to the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
He’s also a Future Astronaut with Virgin Galactic, as he describes here:
Nigel on YouTube
The YouTube channel Naked Science now features the new series Nigel Goes to Space. Updated every other Friday, Nigel explains all about space and astronomy – from how you can create your own Solar System with a fruit-bowl, to how astronauts go to the toilet in weightlessness!
Honours and qualifications
Just for the record, Nigel’s full title is:
Prof Nigel Henbest, BSc, MSci (Cantab), DSc (Hon), FRAS