MARCIA BARTUSIAK, ’95

Combining her skills as a journalist with an advanced degree in physics, Marcia Bartusiak has been covering the fields of astronomy and physics for nearly four decades.

Marcia’s third book arose from her time as a KSJ@MIT fellow.

Already an accomplished author of two award-winning books by the early 1990’s, Marcia took time out in 1994 and 1995 to join the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship program at MIT, where she encountered an important new area of research: gravitational-wave astronomy. She was able to dig into the topic during her time as a fellow, and that experience helped to give rise to her third book: Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony: Listening to the Sounds of Space-Time.

The book won the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award in 2001.

“Being in the program reaffirmed exactly what I wanted to do,” Marcia said.

Marcia is now a columnist for Natural History, and she frequently writes book reviews for The Washington Post. Her work appears in a variety of other publications as well, including Science, Smithsonian, Discover, National Geographic, and Astronomy.

She has also written three more critically acclaimed books since her time as a Knight fellow, including her latest: Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved and The Day We Found the Universe, (Yale University Press, 2015), which chronicles the birth of modern cosmology in the 1920s.

She is currently a Professor of the Practice at MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing.