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Greta Friar

Greta Friar grew up in Newton, MA, where she spent much of her time walking nature trails and volunteering at local wildlife sanctuaries. She earned her B.A. in history of science at Harvard University. After college she worked for several years as an editor and writer for Scholastic Book Clubs in New York. There she created kids’ science books, including The Explorer’s Guide to the Universe and Real Life Zombies: creatures that can’t be killed, as well as more explosive/slimy/glow-in-the-dark experiment kits than she can recall. She returned to Cambridge, MA to write cases for Harvard Business School on topics ranging from biomimicry to crowdsourcing. Greta’s second favorite thing about science writing is that it allows her to study a variety of research questions that fascinate her, without requiring that she spend years working in a laboratory. Her favorite thing about science writing is when she can convince readers to care about a scientific discovery, environmental policy problem or cool new technology as much as she does.

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Where are you from?

Newton, MA