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My name is Bennett McIntosh. I am a freelance science writer based in Boston, MA; in August, I'll be starting a PhD in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at UW-Madison. These both mean I get to spend all day writing, thinking, and talking about how science and scientists shape the world we live in—and vice versa—which I think is a pretty sweet gig. The website you're looking at hosts and links to much of my science reporting and writing, and the archives of an email newsletter, for which you can sign up!


Before going freelance, I wrote in-house for the Hertz Foundation. I have previously written in-house for Princeton University and the University of California, San Francisco, and have bylines in NOVA Next and Princeton Alumni Weekly, among others.


I studied Chemistry at Princeton and then Science Writing at MIT. My research on protein structure and function at Princeton took me to labs in two regions named for their southerly location: Sussex (Brighton, UK) and South Bohemia (Nové Hrady, CZ); back at Princeton I wrote a thesis on my work in the Hecht Lab on a designed library of de novo proteins.


I am originally from Littleton, Colorado. I express my nostalgia for the Centennial State by occasionally making hot sauce and walking up very tall hills.