Simon Winchester OBE

Simon Winchester OBE

Simon Winchester (1963, Geology) Journalist at The Guardian

Born in London in 1944, Simon spent a year hitchhiking around the United States after leaving school before going to St Catherine’s to study Geology in 1963.

He first found work with Falconbridge of Africa, a Canadian mining company. His first assignment was to work as a field geologist searching for copper deposits in Uganda. While on assignment in Uganda, Simon came across a copy of James Morris's Coronation Everest – an account of the 1953 expedition that led to the first successful ascent of Mount Everest. Reading the book instilled in Simon the desire to be a writer, so he sought career advice from Morris by mail. Morris urged Simon to give up geology and get a job as a writer on a newspaper.

In 1969, Simon joined The Guardian, first as a regional correspondent based in Newcastle upon Tyne, but later as its Northern Ireland correspondent. Through his career at The Guardian, Simon has covered numerous significant events, including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal.

As an author, Winchester has written or contributed to more than a dozen nonfiction books, has written one novel, and his articles have appeared in several travel publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, and National Geographic.

Winchester was appointed an OBE for services to journalism and literature in the Queen’s New Year Honours List of 2006.