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Robert Kanigel is a winner of the Grady-Stack award for science writing, and winner of Author of the Year honors in 1998 by the 1200-member American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). He is also a National Book Critics Award finalist and a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. His The One Best Way was one of four finalists for the Global Business Book Award for biography, co-sponsored by the Financial Times of London and the management consulting firm of Booz-Allen. The Man Who Knew Infinity is now in its fifth paperback printing. His fourth book, High Season: How One French Riviera Town Has Seduced Travelers for Two Thousand Years, was published in June 2002 by Viking Press, and his fifth, Faux Real: Genuine Leather and 200 Years of Inspired Fakes, was published in 2007.
His articles and essays have been published in magazines such as The Sciences, American Health, and The New York Times Magazine. His book reviews have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Psychology Today. For many years, he taught writing in the Publications Design Program at the University of Baltimore. Since September 1999, Kanigel has been a professor of science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and administrator of its new Graduate Program in Science Writing. A Kanigel talk on Vintage Reading was broadcast on C-Span's "About Books" in August 1998.