Graduate Profile

Ian Little

Name: David Bradley

Graduated: 1988

Degree Studied: Chemistry

Employer: Freelance

Job Title: Science Writer

Career Path:

David worked briefly as an analytical chemist for a food company. He finally eschewed the test-tube and bench in favour of red pen and desk in 1989 and began working for the RSC as a technical editor where he ultimately reached deputy editor on the well-known Chemical Communications.


During that time, he also burned the midnight oil building up professional contacts in the scientific community and the media and ultimately became a full-time freelance science writer in the late 1990s. In his almost fifteen years as a writer, he has contributed to numerous magazines and papers from The Guardian and Telegraph to New Scientist and Science. He now focuses mainly on more specialist outlets such as the spectroscopy webzine Spectral Lines and the likes of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). He also writes for numerous trade and other organisations including EPSRC, IoP, and Argonne National Laboratory in the USA and has made several radio appearances.


David also runs two webzines - Elemental Discoveries and Reactive Reports which focus on chemistry news, views and interviews. He collaborates with PSIgate to produce Spotlight and spectroscopyNOW.com to produce their Resonants and X-factors webzine both of which can be accessed via David's web site.

Career High Points:

Daily Telegraph Science Writer of the Year and a runner-up in the Chemical Industries Association awards for communicating science, also received a Merit Award in the British Medical Journalist awards.