Robert Lee Hotz is the science columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he writes about cutting-edge research on climate change, cosmology, molecular medicine, the human brain and much more ... He has traveled three times to the South Pole.

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Robert Lee Hotz is the science columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he explores the world of new research and its impact on society. In his column, he ranges broadly across the research horizon, from climate change, cosmology and molecular medicine, to evolution, neuroeconomics and new insights into the human brain. Hotz was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1986 for his coverage of genetic engineering issues, and again in 2004 for his coverage of the space shuttle Columbia accident. Mr. Hotz shared in The Los Angeles Times’ 1995 Pulitzer Prize for articles about the Northridge Earthquake.

Hotz is a director of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which funds independent journalism projects around the world, and a distinguished writer in residence at New York University. He is the author of Designs on Life, Exploring the New Frontiers of Human Fertility, and a contributor to several books on research issues.

Robert Lee Hotz’s TED talks

Quotes from Robert Lee Hotz

[In Antarctica] the ice seems a living presence. The wind that rubs against it gives it voice. It is a voice of experience. It is a voice we should heed.
Robert Lee Hotz
TEDGlobal 2010 • 534K views Aug 2010
Informative, Fascinating
Each cylinder is about 10 percent ancient air, a pristine time capsule of greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide — all unchanged from the day that snow formed and first fell.
Robert Lee Hotz
TEDGlobal 2010 • 534K views Aug 2010
Informative, Fascinating
Ice and snow accumulates [in the WAIS Divide] 10 times faster than anywhere else in Antarctica. They have to dig themselves out every day. It makes for an exotic and chilly commute.
Robert Lee Hotz
TEDGlobal 2010 • 534K views Aug 2010
Informative, Fascinating