Ehsan Masood
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Ehsan Masood

Ehsan Masood
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Born (1967-08-09) 9 August 1967 (age 51)
Alma mater Portsmouth Polytechnic
Birkbeck, University of London
Children 1
Scientific career
Institutions Research Professional
Imperial College London
New Scientist

Hassan Ehsan Masood (born 9 August 1967) is a science writer, journalist and broadcaster. Since 2009 he has been the editor of Research Professional News (including Research Fortnight) and has been teaching international science policy at Imperial College London.[] since 2008.


Born in London, his father Hassan Masood worked in actuarial science and his mother Shamsa Masood is a writer of short fiction in Urdu.

He went to schools in New York, Karachi and London; studied applied physics at Portsmouth Polytechnic and science communication at Birkbeck, University of London.

He worked for the journal Nature[1][2] as a writer from 1995 to 1999 and again as acting chief commissioning editor in 2008/2009. He has also worked as Opinion Editor of New Scientist and communications director at LEAD International.[3]

Masood has also written for Prospect magazine and, as well as The Times, The Guardian and Le Monde. He is a former director of communications of Leadership for Environment and Development[] and also advises the British Council on science and on cultural relations.[]

Ehsan Masood was a regular contributor to Home Planet, an environmental affairs programme on BBC Radio 4 in the UK.

He is chair of trustees of The Muslim Institute.[4] This is a UK-based charity that supports critical thinking among British Muslims.

Awards and nominations

In January 2015, Masood was nominated for Services to Science and Engineering at the British Muslim Awards.[5]

Selected publications

His latest book is The Great Invention: The Story of GDP and the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World, which will be published in the US on 7 June 2016 by Pegasus.

Ehsan Masood's previous book is Science and Islam: A History.[6] This tells the story of how science developed during Islam's imperial period from 800 to 1500. It is the official tie-in to a three-part documentary series on BBC Television presented by Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey.

His other publications include:

  • Our Shared Europe This is a report for a major new British Council programme of activities aimed at reducing mistrust between non-Muslim and Muslim communities.
  • Dry: Life Without Water, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press 2006 ISBN 0-674-02224-6 (editor with Daniel Schaffer)
  • How Do You Know? Reading Ziauddin Sardar on Islam, Science and Cultural Relations, London: Pluto Press 2006 ISBN 0-7453-2514-9 (editor)
  • British Muslims: Media Guide, published by the British Council in association with the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, 2006. Download a copy of British Muslims: Media Guide here
  • The GM Debate: Who Decides? Analysing Decision-making on Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries[1], London: Panos 2005

In the media


  1. ^ Saegusa, A.; Masood, E. (1997). "Transgenic patents a step closer in Europe". Nature. 390 (6659): 429. doi:10.1038/37175. PMID 9393986.
  2. ^ Masood, E. (2012). "Arab liberals must stay in the game". Nature. 488 (7410): 131. doi:10.1038/488131a. PMID 22874928.
  3. ^ LEAD International, non-profit sustainable development training and networking organization
  4. ^ The Muslim Institute
  5. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Ehsan Masood (2010). Science & Islam: A History. Toronto: Totem Books. ISBN 1-84831-081-1.
  7. ^ Masood, E. (2006). "Islam and Science: An Islamist revolution". Nature. 444 (7115): 22-25. doi:10.1038/444022a. PMID 17080057.

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