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Marc Abrahams      

Creator of the Ig Nobel Prizes

Marc Abrahams is the editor and co-founder of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). The magazine publishes both genuine research and satire, distilled into articles that first make people LAUGH, then make people THINK.

He is the father and master of ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, honoring individuals whose achievements that first make people LAUGH, then make people THINK.

Abrahams is author of the book The Ig Nobel Prizes and the monthly e-newsletter mini-AIR. He also writes a weekly column, called "Improbable Research," for the British newspaper The Guardian.

Abrahams also writes for other publications on the topics of science, technology and medicine. He wrote the back-page humor column for the late, lamented computer magazine Byte and a monthly back-page humor column for the engineering magazine Design News, and has been a commentator for ABC-TV's World News Now and on public radio.

He also frequently performs lectures that show both the funny side AND the importance of science, medicine, and technology.

Speech Topics

The Ig Nobel Prizes: The Fine Line Between Sound and Silly Science

The Taxonomy of Barney and the Future of Science Education

Sex, Drugs and Peanut Butter: Advances in Improbable Research


2016 Ig Nobel Prizes

Master of Ceremonies Marc Abrahams holds up a 2016 Ig Nobel Prize while presiding over the “26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize” ceremony at Harvard ...

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