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Simon Winchester is a best-selling author, journalist, and broadcaster.

A native of the UK, Winchester first worked as a geologist based in Uganda for Canadian mining compnay Falconbridge of Africa before switching to journalism. As a journalist, he first worked as a general assignment reporter and science reporter for The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne.

In 1969, Winchester joined The Guardian, serving as Northern Ireland correspondent, America correspondent, and India correspondent, among other positions. In 1980, he became America bureau chief for the Daily Mail and in 1981, became chief foreign feature writer for The Sunday Times. While at this paper reporting on the Falklands War, Winchester was accused of spying by Argentine forces and held in a prison in Tierra del Fuego for three months. Winchester later worked as Asia-Pacific editor for Condé Nast Traveler.

Winchester's books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map that Changed the World, The Meaning of Everything, Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, and The Men Who United the States.

In 2006, he was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth.

Last Updated: August 21, 2017