Development of mankind author is next VC Lyceum speaker
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Nicholas Wade

Nicholas Wade is the second speaker in Victoria College’s  2013-14 Lyceum Lecture Series. He will appear at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Victoria. He is the author of several books and was science editor of the New York Times in the 1990s.

The Lyceum Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

Wade was born in 1942 in Aylesbury, England and educated at Eton and at King's College, Cambridge. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Sciences in 1964.

Wade worked for Nature, a weekly scientific magazine based in London, from 1967 to 1971, becoming deputy editor and Washington correspondent. In 1971 he joined the news staff of Science, a weekly scientific journal published in Washington, and in 1982 became a member of the editorial board of the New York Times, writing editorials on science, health, environment and military technology.

He was science editor of the New York Times from 1990 to 1996, and has been a science reporter at the Times since 1997.

“Scientists have studied the stars and distant galaxies, the deepest part of the oceans, the microbes here on earth and presently, we are looking for signs of life on Mars, but nothing is more interesting than the study of us,” said former Victoria Mayor Will Armstrong, who initially submitted his recommendation for Wade to appear as part of the Lyceum Lecture Series. “Nicholas Wade’s book, ‘Before the Dawn,’ is a hoard of modern scientific knowledge about the development of mankind that gives insight to our journey from trees of Africa to our present attempt to live peacefully in an urban setting.”

Wade is the author of several books including “The Ultimate Experiment” (Walker, 1976), “The Nobel Duel” (Doubleday, 1980), “Betrayers of the Truth” (Simon and Schuster, 1982, written with William J. Broad), “A World Beyond Healing” (Norton, 1987), “Lifescript” (Simon & Schuster, September 2001) and “Before the Dawn” (Penguin Press, 2006).  

Published: Thursday, 07 November 2013

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