Scientific American Writer Lauded
The Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) awarded John Rennie, editor of Scientific American magazine, the Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Sciences. First awarded in 1993, the purpose of the award is to honor widely recognized proponents towards the understanding of science. Past winners have included Carl Sagan and Alan Alda.
Rennie is the seventh editor in the 155-year history of Scientific American. Since his appointment in 1994, he has shared intellectual adventure, fun and the beauty of science through expert accounts and features. In his acceptance speech, Rennie explained, "Scientific American has provided the direct inspiration and training for generations of the world's leading scientists to pursue their careers. Thomas Edison subscribed to it when he was a boy."
Scientific American was founded in 1845. The first issue featured a report on Morse's newly developed telegraph. Now, with nearly three million readers worldwide, the magazine continues to plunge deep into the understanding of the natural world.