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Sue Nelson

BBC Science and Environment correspondent

Sue Nelson, according to the Sunday Times, is probably the best of Radio 4's science presenters.

An award-winning science broadcaster and writer, Sue is also a former BBC science, environment and technology correspondent for News 24, Breakfast and the One O'clock television news.

Opinionated, with a great sense of fun, Sue believes in communicating serious scientific concepts and the obsession with appearance on television - with humour and creativity. As a result, she has written and presented… 

Sue Nelson, according to the Sunday Times, is probably the best of Radio 4's science presenters.

An award-winning science broadcaster and writer, Sue is also a former BBC science, environment and technology correspondent for News 24, Breakfast and the One O'clock television news.

Opinionated, with a great sense of fun, Sue believes in communicating serious scientific concepts and the obsession with appearance on television - with humour and creativity. As a result, she has written and presented radio science documentaries in the form of a film noire, a Mills and Boon novel and a fat fighter's audio diary.

An experienced live performer, her reports have appeared on all the BBC's national television and radio news bulletins on a range of scientific stories from cloning, stem cells and SARS to space missions, anthrax outbreaks and foot and mouth disease. Her online banking expose for Newsnight resulted in major banks and building societies reassessing their security measures.

Sue is co-author of the popular science book How to Clone the Perfect Blonde (longlisted for the Aventis Science Book Prize, 2004) and was part of the Wellcome Trust's Big Screen Science project where school children made short dramatic films and animations on science.

The recipient of a prestigious Association of British Science Writer's Award and a BT Technology Journalist Award, Sue's Radio 4 programmes and series include the Britain's Modern Brunels and the critically acclaimed Alienation, Abduction and Reason; The Harvard Computers and Right Stuff Wrong Sex.

A physics graduate, Sue also studied space science and astronomy at the University of Michigan as a Knight Wallace journalism fellow in 2002 and recently completed a one year Nesta Dream Time fellowship writing science-based dramas.

Sue has also written and performed stand up comedy; wrote the Radio 2 1960s musical tribute Is That Jimmy's Ring You're Wearing starring Twiggy and Adam Faith; and her comedy drama, Falling to Pieces, was broadcast on BBC7.

Her most recent Radio 4 series, Citizen Science, prompted a call from the Palace. Both the Queen and Prince Philip had enjoyed the programme!

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