Kathryn Harkup

Dr Kathryn Harkup

Author and chemist

Dr Kathryn Harkup

Kathryn Harkup is a chemist and author.

Kathryn completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further postdoctoral research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed a bit more than hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. She currently writes a monthly poison blog for the Guardian and gives regular public talks on the disgusting and dangerous side of science. Kathryn’s first book was the international bestseller A is for Arsenic, which was shortlisted for a Mystery Readers International Macavity Award and a BMA Book Award. Her new book Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is out in February 2018.