Carl Zimmer is the author of thirteen books about science. His newest book is She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. His column Matter appears each week in the New York Times.
Zimmer’s writing has earned a number of awards, including the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded by the Society for the Study of Evolution. She Has Her Mother’s Laugh won the 2019 National Academies Communication Award and was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. It was chosen for the 2018 shortlist for Baillie-Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, andThe Guardian named it the best science book of 2018.
Zimmer created the podcast “What Is Life?” and is a familiar voice on other programs such as Radiolab. A professor adjunct at Yale University, he lives in Connecticut with his wife Grace and their children, Charlotte and Veronica. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named.