Hager, Thomas 1953-

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Hager, Thomas 1953-
(Tom Hager)


PERSONAL:

Born April 18, 1953, in Portland, OR; married Lauren Kessler (a writer), July 7, 1984; children: three. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Portland State University, B.S., 1975; Oregon Health Sciences University, M.S. (medical microbiology and immunology; with honors), 1978; University of Oregon, M.S. (journalism; with honors), 1981.

ADDRESSES:

Office—84898 S. Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405. Agent—Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Associates, Inc., 146 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003.

E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, science writer in Office of Cancer Communications, 1981; Aster Publishing, Eugene, OR, editor, 1982-83; University of Oregon, Eugene, adjunct assistant professor of journalism, 1983—, director of Office of Communications, 1995-2003. University of Oregon Press, director, 2000-03.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, more than ten national and district awards, between 1985 and 1993, including National Gold Award for Periodicals Resources Management, 1989, and national award for best feature writing, CASE, Force of Nature was selected as one of the "best sci-tech books of 1995" by Library Journal.

WRITINGS:


(With wife, Lauren Kessler) Staying Young, Facts on File (New York, NY), 1987, published as Aging Well, 1990.

Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1995.

(Under name Tom Hager) Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life (juvenile), Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1998.

(With Clifford Mead) Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker, Oregon State University Press (Corvallis, OR), 2001.

The Demon under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug, Harmony Books (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to The Pauling Symposium: A Discourse on the Art of Biography, Oregon State University Press, 1996. Correspondent, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1981-83. Contributor of more than 100 articles to magazines and newspapers, including Engineering and Science, Self, Reader's Digest, and Medical Post. Founding editor, LC, 1982-83; contributing editor, Oregon, 1982-84, and American Health, 1983-88; editor, Oregon Quarterly, 1985-95.

SIDELIGHTS:

Thomas Hager told CA: "We live lives shaped by science and the technologies it spawns. Yet the practice of science remains essentially misunderstood by most people. I hope that my books help to bring the practice of science to life and help readers to understand how it influences—and is influenced by—a mix of industrial priorities, political necessity, military needs, and personal eccentricity."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:


PERIODICALS


Booklist, May 15, 1998, Randy Meyer, review of Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life, p. 1614.

Bookpage, October, 2006, review of The Demon under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug, p. 24.

Curriculum Review, November, 1998, review of Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life, p. 13.

Entertainment Weekly, September 22, 2006, review of

The Demon under the Microscope, p. 24.

Horn Book Guide, fall, 1998, review of Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life, p. 414.

Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 1998, review of Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life, p. 579; July 1, 2006, review of The Demon under the Microscope, p. 661.

School Library Journal, August, 1998, Carolyn Angus, review of Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life, p. 174.

Science Activities, spring, 1999, Markham B. Schack, review of Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life, p. 38.

Science Books and Films, October, 1998, review of Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life, p. 207; December, 1998, review of Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life, p. 279.

Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2006, Paul McHugh, review of The Demon under the Microscope.

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