Andrew May is an English freelance writer and former scientist with a PhD in astrophysics. His latest book, Eyes in the Sky (2024), is a testament to his ability to elucidate complex scientific concepts in an accessible manner.
May graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Natural Sciences and then from Manchester University with a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics. During his postdoctoral studies, he worked at the Universities of Groningen and Oxford. In the 1990s, May worked in the scientific civil service, spending time in the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, near Nick Pope, known as Britain's answer to Fox Mulder.
May's work in private industry for a Science & Technology company further broadened his experience, especially during his time-based in the Weymouth and South Dorset area. His role involved leveraging his scientific expertise in various applications, demonstrating the practical utility of his astrophysics background.
In 2010, May took voluntary redundancy and began working as a freelance writer and consultant. In addition to science, military history, Forteana, and popular culture, he writes about New Age beliefs. Unlike other science writers, he focuses on 'trending' scientific topics widely discussed but poorly understood by the general public.
Andrew May has authored five books in Icon's Hot Science series: Destination Mars, Cosmic Impact, Astrobiology, The Space Business and The Science of Music. Furthermore, he wrote about astrophysics, military technology, British history, and the paranormal.
His latest, Eyes in the Sky, explores the evolution and achievements of space telescopes, including the iconic Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope. The book examines how these advanced instruments have revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos, from their detailed chemical analysis to their ability to unveil the universe's three-dimensional structure.
Andrew May lives in Somerset.
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