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About Bob Johnstone

Bob Johnstone was born in Angus in 1951. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, Liverpool University, and the Institute of Audio Research in New York.

For more than thirty years Bob has worked as a journalist and author. He was Tokyo correspondent for New Scientist magazine, technology correspondent for the Hong-Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review, and a contributing editor for the US magazine, Wired.

During 1990/91 Bob was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1994 he won an Abe [pronounced Ah-beh] Fellowship. (The Abe Fellowship Program is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern.)

In 1995, Bob and his family moved to Melbourne. Since then he has written six books. With the exception of Carving History, on the life and work of his great-great grandfather Andrew Currie, all his books have been about the impact on society of microelectronics technology.

In late 2103, after almost forty years living abroad, Bob returned to the UK. He currently lives with his wife Setsuko in a converted dog-biscuit factory in the East End of London.