Michael Banks was born in Oldham, Lancashire, UK. After an undergraduate degree in physics from Loughborough University, UK, Michael did a PhD in condensed-matter physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics in Stuttgart, Germany, studying magnetism.
For over the past decade, Michael has been news editor of the international monthly magazine Physics World, where he covers the latest developments in physics. In addition to Physics World, Michael has written for Nature, BBC Focus and Science Uncovered as well as appeared on BBC Radio 4 and at science festivals.
Michael's first book -- The Secret Science of Baby -- examines the fascinating, and surprising, physics behind conception, pregnancy and babyhood.
Michael is based in Bristol, UK, where he lives with his wife and two boys.