Lydia Denworth is a native of Philadelphia and graduated from Princeton University before moving to New York where she has been based ever since. She has spent time in France, London and Hong Kong and also helps run a sustainable farm in Eaton, New York, where she raises cows, pigs and chickens, and produce organic hay and industrial hemp.
A journalist for over twenty years, she now writes primarily about science and social issues and is a contributing editor at Scientific American. She also writes the Brain Waves blog for Psychology Today and her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Parents, and many other publications.
Her first book, Toxic Truth: A Scientist, A Doctor and the Battle Over Lead, told the story of how two men risked their careers and reputations to sound alarm bells about how lead was contaminating our environment and endangering children. Her second book, I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language, is the story of her investigation into hearing, sound, brain plasticity and deaf culture after her youngest son’s hearing loss was identified. She is now working on a third book, which explores the biology and evolution of friendship.
You can find out more about Lydia at lydiadenworth.com