Matthew R. Francis, Science Writer

cartoon portrait of a white man with glasses, a dark blond beard, and bowler hat
Portrait by Maki Naro

For more than ten years now, I’ve worked as a science writer and journalist contributing over 300 articles to dozens of popular science magazines, professional society publications, and nonfiction comics sites. My writing has spanned topics in physics, astronomy, mathematics, climate change, the culture of science, and many other wide-ranging subjects, demonstrating my capacity to write for both non-technical and specialist audiences. Starting from extensive contributions to Ars Technica, my popular-science writings have appeared in Smithsonian Air & Space, Slate, Inverse, Popular Science, and many more. My portfolio includes writing and editing for professional publications including SIAM News, Physics World, APS Physics, and the website for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. With science comics artist Maki Naro, I’ve contributed comics to the award-winning magazine The Nib and Vox. I also wrote a chapter on the architecture of Fermilab for the book Midwest Architecture Journeys. My complete writing portfolio is at https://bowlerhatscience.org/writing-portfolio/ .

Prior to my science writing career, I taught college-level physics and astronomy, after completing a PhD at Rutgers University. Along the way, I’ve picked up skills in scientific programming, computer administration, data processing, multimedia work, and a huge amount of public outreach experience as director of a planetarium in Tennessee. My motivation is learning new things about our wonderful universe and sharing that knowledge with others, along with the drive to make science — and the broader society in which science operates — more equitable.

I am open to work in the general fields of science writing, journalism, and outreach (including museum or planetarium work) broadly in astronomy, physics, or math, along with editing or consultancy in these areas. I don’t rule out other suitable jobs, depending on how good a match they are for my interests and experience.