- Contributing Writer
For 10 years, Sid Perkins was the Earth Sciences writer for Science News magazine. In 2010 he left to become a freelance science writer, now living on a farm in Crossville, Tenn. But he remains part of the extended Science News family, writing stories for that magazine and ours. He still specializes in writing about Earth sciences and paleontology (dinos!) but also tackles topics such as astronomy, planetary sciences, materials sciences and engineering.
Sid has won awards for his writing from the American Meteorological Society and the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division.
Before coming to Science News, Sid taught high school for two years (physics, chemistry, algebra II) and served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years. There, among other things, he used computer programs to estimate how quickly cracks would grow in aircraft parts. He has college degrees in natural science (with a concentration in physics), aeronautical engineering and journalism.
Explains Sid: “I love to read, enjoy woodworking, and have recently discovered golf (and am gradually, very gradually, getting better at it!).”