Sidney Perkowitz always wanted to be a research scientist and spent part of his career doing just that, in industry and at Emory University. But writing was a second love, and midway through his career, after publishing his 100th research paper, he left the lab to become a writer while remaining a physics professor at Emory.
Perkowitz writes for science groupies who love the ideas of science but not the details. His books include Empire of Light about the science and aesthetics of light and Digital People about robots and bionic people in fantasy and in reality. Hollywood Science, due out in the fall of 2007, is about science and scientists in the movies. These books have been translated into six languages and braille. He also writes for various periodicals, lectures about science, and has made numerous media appearances.
Perkowitz has never regretted switching careers from research to writing, which has taken him along some marvelously unexpected paths, including writing stage plays that have been presented in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. The moment when he first took a bow on stage as a playwright was a high point, and he’s looking forward to another high point: when he can watch his screenplay about human cloning, now in progress, unfold on the big screen.