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Wilson da Silva
Wilson da Silva

Wilson da Silva is an Australian science journalist and editor who has worked in magazines, newswires, newspapers, television and online. He is Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Cosmos, a popular science magazine; and G magazine, the green lifestyle magazine.

He has been an on-air reporter/producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's former television science program Quantum, a staff journalist on The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald newspapers, a foreign correspondent for Reuters, science editor of ABC Online, a correspondent for London's New Scientist magazine, and served as managing editor of the science magazines Newton, 21C and Science Spectra.

He is the winner of 23 journalism and film awards, including Editor of the Year (twice - 2006 and 2005, Australia's Bell Magazine Awards), the 1997 Human Rights Award for Print Journalism and the 1996 Michael Daley Award for Science Journalism. He has also written and produced two prize-winning documentaries, including The Diplomat, the film that depicted Nobel Peace laureate José Ramos-Horta and his eventually successful struggle to win independence for East Timor. The film won da Silva and his fellow producer Sally Browning the 2000 AFI Award for Best Documentary (Australian Film Institute).

The past president of the World Federation of Science Journalists, he is a former president of the Australian Science Communicators and of The Australian Museum Society, and has served on the board of the Australian Society of Authors. A founder of Science in the Pub, an innovative public communication initiative for which he was jointly awarded the 2000 Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science, he is the author of hundreds of articles in magazines, newspapers and online. Born in Brazil, he now lives in Sydney, Australia.

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