Marc Abrahams

Marc Abrahams writes about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK. Marc founded the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony in 1991 and serves as Master of Ceremonies. The prizes are handed out by genuine, bemused Nobel laureates in a gala event held every year at Harvard University, and broadcast on public radio. He co-founded and edits the magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), and wrote This is Improbable, The Ig Nobel Prizes, and other books. He edits and writes much of the web site and blog, and the monthly newsletter mini-AIR. For thirteen years, he also wrote a newspaper column (called "Improbable Research") for the London newspaper The Guardian. He created and hosted the Improbable Research podcast for CBS Radio. The Washington Post called Marc "the nation's guru of academic grunge." The Journal of the American Medical Association named him "the Puck of Science." He has been called many other things. The Guardian said Marc's writing is "rationalism taken to intoxicating extremes." Every February, he hosts a special Improbable Research show at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Every March, he leads the Ig Nobel EuroTour, performing live shows in cities across Europe. He has written the librettos for twenty-three funny, science mini-operas that premiered as part of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremonies. Marc also writes for other publications, on science, technology, medicine, and other topics. He is or has been a regular columnist for several magazines, including: Cómo Ves (in Mexico), The Harvard Business Review, Zeitwissen (in Germany), Le Scienze (in Italy), Etiqueta Negra (in Peru), Chemistry World, the technology magazine Embedded Systems Design, and the engineering magazine Design News, and was the back-page humor columnist for the computer magazine Byte. He has also been a commentator for ABC-TV's World News Now and American public radio's "Science Friday" program. Marc wrote several books. Among them are the Ig Nobel Prizes, The Man Who Cloned Himself, Why Chickens Prefer Beautiful Humans, This Is Improbable, and This is Improbable Too. Marc and several Ig Nobel Prize winners are the heroes in a manga in Young Jump Magazine, Japan's most popular manga magazine. From 1990-1994, Marc was the editor of the Journal of Irreproducible Results. He has a degree in applied mathematics from Harvard College, spent several years developing optical character recognition computer systems (including a reading machine for the blind) at Kurzweil Computer Products, and later founded Wisdom Simulators, which used computers to give people experience in making excruciating decisions.