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Marc Abrahams
Marc Abrahams

    Marc Abrahams is editor and co-founder of the science humor magazine the Annals of Improbable Research, which is devoted to research that makes people laugh, and then makes them think. Mr. Abrahams is also the founder of the Ig Nobel Prize, the annual awards honoring of the best such research.

    He writes a weekly column for the British newspaper The Guardian, as well as for several international magazines, and has written in the past for The Harvard Business Review, the German science magazine Zeitwissen, the technology magazine Embedded Systems Design, the engineering magazine Design News, and the now-defunct computer magazine Byte. He has been a commentator for ABC-TV's World News Now and on public radio. In addition, Mr. Abrahams is author of the books The Man Who Cloned Himself, Why Chickens Prefer Beautiful Humans and The Ig Nobel Prizes. He edited (and wrote much of) the science humor anthologies The Best of Annals of Improbable Research and Sex As a Heap of Malfunctioning Rubble (and other improbabilities).

    Mr. Abrahams has written the librettos for 15 mini-operas about science that have premiered as part of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremonies, and frequently performs lectures on both the humorous side and the importance of science, medicine, and technology.

    Mr. Abrahams has a degree in applied mathematics from Harvard College. He spent several years developing optical character recognition computer systems, including a reading machine for the blind, at Kurzweil Computer Products, and later founded Wisdom Simulators, a creator of educational software. He is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study called "Marc Abrahams: Annals of an Improbable Entrepreneur."

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