James Burke, Science Historian, Author, TV Host/Write/Producer
James Burke has been called "one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world." (Washington Post). Thanks to satellite and cable technology, his audience is global. His influence in the field of the public understanding science and technology is acknowledged in citations by such authoritative sources as The Smithsonian and Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. His work is on the curriculum of universities and schools across the United States.
In 1965, James Burke began work with BBC-TV on Tomorrow's World and went on to become the BBC's chief reporter on the Apollo Moon missions. For over thirty years he has produced, directed, written and presented award-winning television series on the BBC, PBS and The Learning Channel. His most recent television work is the ten-hour technology history series for The Learning Channel: Connections3. He is at present working on a large interactive knowledge system which is due online this year. A bestselling author, his most recent work, a series of introductions for the book Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse, highlights five scientific disciplines that have produced many of the brilliant inventors (and their inventions) who have shaped the modern era. His next book, Twin Tracks, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in fall 2003. Burke was educated at Oxford and also holds honorary doctorates for his work in communicating science and technology.
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