New Horizons Program Director
W. Wayt Gibbs has worked as a science writer and editor since 1989. He currently freelances as a contributing editor for Scientific American, where he was member of the editorial board and a staff news writer from 1993 to 1998 and senior writer from 1998 to 2006. Gibbs is also a contributing editor for IEEE Spectrum magazine and for Anthropocene magazine. His written work has also appeared in Science, Nature, The Economist, Discover, Conservation, NBC News, NOVA and numerous other publications. He has contributed podcasts to Scientific American and on-screen commentary to NOVA. His articles have been included in the Best American Science Writing anthology and have won the AAAS Science Journalism Award, the Wistar Science Journalism Award and others. Since 2006, Gibbs has also worked at Intellectual Ventures with founder/CEO Nathan Myhrvold on his research and writing. Highlights of that role include serving as editor-in-chief and project manager of the award-winning books Modernist Cuisine and Modernist Cuisine at Home, editing several highly cited journal articles in planetary science and paleobiology, producing dozens of keynote presentations, including TED talks, and working on documentaries televised on Netflix, the BBC, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and PBS.