During the day, Raphael Rosen is a science communications associate at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He caught the science writing bug while working at the Exploratorium — San Francisco’s hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception. There he was inspired by the way the Exploratorium’s exhibits communicated science ideas clearly and in a down-to-earth fashion. (The giant ball bearing and wave interference exhibits stand out in his memory.)
Always interested in the ways in which science and writing intersect, he has been inspired by Jerry P. King, author of The Art of Mathematics, as well as K.C. Cole, Philip Hoare, and Bryan Magee.
Rosen has written for the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope mission, as well as for Space.com, where he explored the aesthetics of space telescope images and covered recent research news in the space community. He wrote about arts and cultural events for the Wall Street Journal, and interviewed paleontologist James Horner for a piece about fossil auctions that ran in EARTH magazine. Rosen also wrote a story about Mayfield Parrish’s lavishly illustrated undergraduate chemistry notebook for SciArt in America, and contributed short news items to Science World. He has written for Discover and Scientific American, participated in healthcare marketing initiatives for NYU Langone Hospital, and authored two books.
Rosen has a master’s degree in specialized journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Williams College. Originally from Winston-Salem, NC (hometown of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts), he currently lives in Princeton, NJ, with his wife and two sons.