Thomas Hager is the author of six books on health and science, as well as more than 100 feature and news articles in a variety of popular and professional periodicals.
An Oregon native, Hager started his writing career after earning a master's degree in medical microbiology and immunology from the Oregon Health Sciences University and a second master’s in journalism at the University of Oregon. He served as a communications intern at the National Cancer Institute, worked as a freelance medical writer, was a regular contributor to American Health, and was a West Coast news correspondent for the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 1983 he became founding editor of LC Magazine, a trade publication for scientists. At the University of Oregon he edited the award-winning Oregon Quarterly magazine for a decade, and then served a number of years as the UO’s Director of Communications and Marketing, and director of the University of Oregon Press.
Hager's 2008 book "The Alchemy of Air" was a finalist for the National Academies Communication Award; listed among the "Best Books of The Year" by Kirkus Reviews; and named a Borders "Original Voices" Selection.
He has spoken widely about the history of science to groups ranging from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to media including C-Span’s “BookTV” and National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” “Science Friday,” and “Tech Nation.”