2002: Jon Palfreman

Dr. Jon Palfreman produced dozens of programs about science, technology, and medicine for BBC Television, and in the late 1980s he went to Boston to work at WGBH, where he produced the NOVA miniseries The Pioneers of Surgery and the Peabody Award-winning series The Machine That Changed the World (about the history of computers). More recently, Dr. Palfreman’s programs for FRONTLINE and NOVA have explored the intersection of science, policy, and law. Dr. Palfreman has made more than 100 television programs, won many awards, and been a trustee and board member of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He is the author of two books and is an adjunct professor at Tufts University, where he teaches a course on risk communication. In September 1996, Dr. Palfreman left WGBH to set up his own production company, the Palfreman Film Group. In addition to broadcast work, the company undertakes certain nonbroadcast projects involving the communication of complex ideas, especially where health, technology, education, and environmental issues are involved.


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