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Marc Abrahams is the creator and MC of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes, which celebrate science that ‘makes people laugh and then think’. A gala ceremony is held each autumn at Harvard University, USA, where prizes are handed out by genuine Nobel Laureates. The show features demonstrations and live science-based opera performances for which Marc has written the librettos.

Abrahams is also the editor and co-founder of Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), which has an editorial board of more than 50 distinguished scientists including nine Nobel Laureates, IQ record-holder Marilyn Vos Savant, and a convicted felon.

Marc is a regular columnist for magazines all over the world, including the Guardian and has been a commentator for ABC-TV’s World News Now and on public radio. He frequently performs lectures that show both the funny side and the importance of science, medicine and technology. Among these events is an annual tour of the UK for National Science Week and a special public evening session at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Marc and several Ig Nobel Prize winners have been depicted as heroes in Young Jump, Japan’s most popular manga magazine, which is perhaps one of the more unexpected testaments to their international appeal.

 

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Marc's TEDx Speech

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Marc's TEDx Speech

MARC ABRAHAMS

We’re not trying to present you with science that is so complicated, something that you’re going to have to spend the rest of your life figuring out how to fit it in your head. We’re just trying to make sense of what you see in front of you. That’s all we’re doing, but we’re doing it in a way that we hope is funny.

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Marc's TVO Speech

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Marc's TVO Speech