ABOUT BEN GILLILAND
Ben spends most of his time sat in front of his MacBook all clean and dressed in superhero T-shirts. When he's not clean, he likes to run around in the mud. He selected this picture because thought it made him look all macho and interesting... he probably should have chosen something that makes him look like a serious professional.
Ben Gilliland is a freelance science writer, graphic journalist, illustrator and author with more than 20 years of experience working in print media.
He started his career as a freelance graphic journalist working for the likes of The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Reuters. In 1999 he joined the Metro newspaper as Graphics Editor.
In 2005, he started a weekly science column in the Metro Newspaper called MetroCosm. MetroCosm went on to become one of the paper's most popular sections.
His work for the Metro garnered him nominations for the 2010 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Best Space Reporting and the 2011 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Media.
In 2013, he was awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Achievement in Media.
Ben has written and doodled for a variety of media outlets (including SEN, New Scientist, Astronomy Now and Space.com).
He also creates information graphics for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), who use his work to communicate their research to the general public.
He is seeking therapy to address his propensity to talk about himself in the third-person.
I always look forward Ben's spreads in the Metro. Lifts the whole morning (and the paper) finding proper, correct science done with fun. When I know the science, he always has it right, when it's new to me, I learn & enjoy."
You can follow Ben on Twitter (if you like that kind of thing).