Sidney Perkowitz was born in New York City, attended college at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering), and earned his doctorate in physics at the University of Pennsylvania.
As Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University, he produced over 100 research papers and books. Now as Professor Emeritus, he presents science for non-scientists in books (Empire of Light, Universal Foam and Universal Foam 2.0, Digital People, Hollywood Science, Slow Light, and Hollywood Chemistry) which have been translated into seven languages and Braille; hardcopy and web articles in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, Leonardo, Discover, Encyclopedia Britannica, Aeon, Quo, Los Angeles Review of Books, JSTOR Daily, and elsewhere; and theatrical works produced in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. His latest book Frankenstein 2018 will be published in 2018, the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic story.
He has appeared on CNN, NPR, the BBC and other outlets. He discusses science and art, science in the media, the science of food, and other popular topics at venues such as NASA, Microsoft, the American Museum of Natural History, the High Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Atlanta Science Festival, and various café scientifiques. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2015, received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts.