Prof. Lewis Dartnell

Professor of Science Communication, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London W1W 6UW, UK

Prof. Lewis Dartnell is a research scientist, presenter and author based in London, UK. He graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Biological Sciences and completed his PhD at University College London in 2007. He now holds the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster.

His research is in the field of astrobiology and the search for microbial life on Mars, focusing on detectable biosignatures in the face of the ionizing radiation environment of cosmic rays. He has also held a STFC Science in Society Fellowship and is very active in delivering live events at schools and science festivals, working as a scientific consultant for the media, and has appeared in numerous TV documentaries and radio shows. He has published five books, including an introduction to astrobiology.

THE KNOWLEDGE was the Sunday Times ‘New Thinking’ Book of the Year and international bestseller, and ORIGINS: How the Earth Made Us is a Sunday Times top History book of 2019. BEING HUMAN: How our Biology shaped World History came out in June 2023.