Tom Siegfried, '74

Fort Worth, TX

Tom Siegfried was in search of a warmer climate when he moved to Fort Worth to attend Texas Christian University.

“I was looking for warmer climate and I got a catalogue from TCU with an ariel view photograph of the campus and it looked really good to me,” Siegfried said.

Siegfried is the editor in chief of the Washington D.C.-based Science News magazine [since 2007] and editor in chief of Science News Prime.

When Siegfried arrived at TCU he was initially interested in the science and chemistry program. He eventually decided on a triple major in history, chemistry and journalism.

Siegfried completed his undergraduate studies in five years.

“I think if you are going to triple major it helps to take that fifth year; it would be pretty challenging to do it in four years,” Siegfried said. “But you could do it if you really wanted to.”

After graduation, Siegfried earned his master of arts with a minor in physics and a major in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

He returned to North Texas where he worked at the Fort Worth Press, taught at TCU and was the science editor at the Dallas Morning News.

While an undergraduate at TCU Siegfried started, named and was the first editor of TCU’s Image magazine. He said that gave him valuable experience for his current job.

“I felt at the time that it [Image magazine] would be a more valuable thing to give the school for journalism students and for the university,” Siegfried said. “It provided people the opportunity to do real world journalism and real world magazine journalism in the university setting.”

He has been awarded the American Geophysical Union’s Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism, the American Association for the Advancement of Science-Westinghouse Award, the Science-in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers and the American Chemical Society’s James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public.

Siegfried is the author of A Beautiful Math, Strange Matters and The Bit and the Pendulum.