Warren Leary is a retired science correspondent for The New York Times. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Leary received an M.S. degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He began his science writing career with the Associated Press, creating and covering the science beat in the Boston bureau of the news agency from 1971 through 1976, and continuing as a senior science writer for the AP in its Washington bureau from 1976 until 1989, when he joined the staff of The Times. As an award-winning science writer based in Washington, Leary covered space flight, technology, engineering, aeronautics, and medical science, as well as policy issues. He is a member and former officer of the National Association of Science Writers.