London-based Indian origin writer Anil Ananthaswamy has won the inaugural Physics Journalism Prize sponsored by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The prize is aimed at inspiring the next generation of physicists by encouraging journalists to think through complex topics and help spread excitement about the subject, according to an IOP release forwarded by the American Astronomical Society. A consultant at New Scientist Magazine and author of “The Edge of Physics,” Ananthaswamy has won the prize for his article “Hip Hip Array,” which focuses on the Square Kilometre Array, an international project aimed at designing and building the largest radio telescope ever conceived.
“Anil Ananthaswamy is being awarded the prize for writing a feature which brings one of the world’s most exciting astronomical endeavors to life — the Square Kilometre Array,” said IOP President Sir Peter Knight. Mr Mark Henderson, Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust and former Science Editor at The Times, said, “Anil Ananthaswamy has an eye for illustrative detail of which the best travel writers would be proud.” Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of STEMNET, said, “The winning article on the competition for the Square Kilometre Array will be particularly inspirational to young people, offering them an opportunity to see how fascinating contemporary physics research can be.”