oliver morton

Oliver Morton

Environmental Editor

The Economist

Nominated Ed Hawkins

The Economist

Oliver Morton writes about scientific and technological change and their effects. He concentrates particularly on the understanding and imagining of planetary processes. He’s a senior editor at The Economist. He was previously chief news and features editor at Nature and editor of Wired UK, and has contributed to a wide range of other publications. He writes on subjects from quantum physics to synthetic biology and moviemaking.

He’s authored three books: “Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World” (2002); “Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet” (2007), a book of the year in The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement; and “The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World” (2015).

Oliver is also an honorary professor in Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London and has a degree in the history and philosophy of science from Cambridge University. He lives with his wife in Greenwich, England. The Asteroid 10716 Olivermorton is named in his honour.