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John Noble Wilford (born October 4, 1933) is an author and award-winning journalist for The New York Times.

Wilford's professional career began in 1956 at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a general assignment reporter and (after a two-year military tour of duty) a medical reporter. In 1962, he joined Time to work as a contributing science editor, then moved in 1965 to The New York Times (NYT) to be a science reporter. While at the NYT he also worked as assistant national news editor (1973-1975) and director of science news (1975-1979).

Wilford wrote his newspaper's front-page article about mankind's first walk on the moon. His was the only byline on the front page, beneath the headline "Men Walk On Moon" and under the subheading "A Powdery Surface is Closely Explored.". Upon the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Wilford's article was lauded by journalist Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics. Dubner emphasized Wilford's skill in the use of data in his 1969 article. The data of which Dubner speaks is used in the following way by Wilford: "Although Mr. Armstrong is known as a man of few words, his heartbeats told of his excitement upon leading man’s first landing on the moon. At the time of the descent rocket ignition, his heartbeat rate registered 110 a minute ... 77 is normal for him ... and it shot up to 156 at touchdown." Dubner argues that this is one of the most elegant uses of data to have been ever used in journalism.

Wilford won two Pulitzer Prizes, one in 1984 for reporting on "scientific topics of national import" and one in 1987 as part of a NYT team reporting on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. He has also won the G.M. Loeb Achievement Award from the University of Connecticut, the National Space Club Press Award, and two awards from the Aviation-Space Writers Association.. John Noble Wilford is also the 2008 recipient of the University of Tennessee's Hileman Disinguished Alumni Award (

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Total Books: 25
The Mapmakers The Story of the Great Pioneers in Cartography  From Antiquity to the Space Age
The Mapmakers  Revised Edition
2001 - The Mapmakers Revised Edition [Vintage] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780375708503
ISBN-10: 0375708502
Genre: History
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

The Mapmakers
2000 - The Mapmakers [Revised] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375409295
ISBN-10: 0375409297
Genres: History, Reference

Mars Beckons The Mysteries
1993 - Mars Beckons the Mysteries (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780517107713
ISBN-10: 0517107716

Mysterious History of Columbus  An Exploration of the Man the Myth the Legacy
1992 - Mysterious History of Columbus an Exploration of the Man the Myth the Legacy (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679738329
ISBN-10: 0679738320
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Mars Beckons  The Mysteries the Challenges the Expectations of Our Next Great Adventure in Space
The Mysterious History Of Columbus An Exploration of the Man the Myth the Legacy
Riddle of the Dinosaur
1987 - Riddle of the Dinosaur (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394743929
ISBN-10: 039474392X
Genre: Science & Math
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.

Riddle of the Dinosaur
1985 - Riddle of the Dinosaur (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394527635
ISBN-10: 0394527631
Genre: Science & Math
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

The Mapmakers The Story of the Great Pioneers in Cartography from Antiquity to the Space Age
1981 - Mapmakers (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780394461946
ISBN-10: 0394461940
Genre: Reference

The Mapmakers The Story of the Great Pioneers In CartographyFrom Antiquity To The Space Age
1979 - 1980 [Encyclopedia Science - A Modern Science Anthology for the Family, Supplement] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780717215102
ISBN-10: 0717215105

We reach the moon
1971 - We Reach the Moon (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393063745
ISBN-10: 0393063747
Genre: Engineering & Transportation

We reach the moon The 'New York Times' story of man's greatest adventure
We Reach the Moon the 'new York Times' Story of Man's Greatest Adventure [A Corgi jet special] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780552082051
ISBN-10: 0552082058

The Riddle Of The Dinosaur
The Riddle of the Dinosaur (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571146178
ISBN-10: 0571146171

Enigma De Los Dinosaurios
Enigma De Los Dinosaurios (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788422611486
ISBN-10: 8422611481

El Enigma De Los Dinosaurios
El Enigma De Los Dinosaurios (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788432044748
ISBN-10: 8432044741