Bio

Jay Ingram Canadian Author

Science broadcaster and writer Jay Ingram was co-host of Discovery Channel's science show, Daily Planet for 16 years. It is television’s only daily hour-long prime-time science and nature news magazine. Jay joined Discovery in 1994 and was instrumental in helping shape the program format. 

From 1979 to 1992, Ingram hosted CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks and earned two ACTRA Awards, including one for Best Host. In 1992 and 1993, Ingram hosted two CBC Radio series: Cranial Pursuits, a series “by, for and about the brain”, and The Talk Show, a language series that won a Science in Society Journalism Award. Jay also contributed to the CBC television show The Health Show and CBC Newsworld's Canada Live. 

In the fall of 2012, he will host three documentary specials on Discovery’s Science Channel, and also begin a column on human behaviour for Daily Planet. 

For 10 years, Jay wrote articles for popular children's publication Owl Magazine. He wrote a weekly science column for the Toronto Star for 12 years, and is currently a columnist for Canadian Wildlife. 

Since 2005 he was been Chair of the Science Communications Program at the Banff Centre, a unique undertaking to promote creative science writing, broadcasting and social media. He is also co-founder of Beakerhead, an arts and engineering happening beginning in 2013 in Calgary, Alberta.

In 1984, Jay was awarded the Sandford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute for his efforts to popularize science, and he also earned the Royal Society of Canada’s McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science in 1997. In 2000, Jay was awarded a Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Alberta, and has received five honorary doctorates. In 2009 he was named to The Order of Canada.

Jay has written twelve books, three of which have won Canadian Science Writers' Awards and almost all of which have been on the bestseller list. They have been translated into 12 languages. He is an engaging, provocative speaker who can address complex, scientific issues in non-technical terms, making them interesting, relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Launched in May 2012, Jay's latest book Fatal Flaws is published by HarperCollins. In Fatal Flaws, Jay Ingram unties a complicated interweaving of biology, medicine, human tragedy, surprise and disbelief in the world of prions, and he unravels some of history’s most stunning revelations about disease, the brain and infection. Read more about Fatal Flaws