Sunny Bains is a scientist, journalist, editor, Editorial Director of the technology news site The Briefing and Managing Director of Form & Content Media Ltd, a company that delivers specialized technical content to technical organizations.
As a writer, her interests range from holographic associative memories and analogue neural networks to nanotech-based sensors and artificial muscles. She is based part-time at Imperial College London, where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate students.
This site includes a complete list of—and many links to—her articles, papers, and other publications (you can find them from the journalist page).
Sunny Bains was raised in Scotland and moved to London to study physics in 1985. She started the Holographics International magazine and directory while an undergraduate, later selling it to SPIE—the International Society for Optical Engineering—when she graduated from Queen Mary College. She remained at SPIE until hired as news editor at Laser Focus World (LFW), then did an MS in journalism at Boston University and became freelance.
Over the next few years she continued to work for LFW and SPIE, as well as magazines including The Economist, Electronic Engineering Times, New Scientist, and Science. Bains corresponded from Boston, Edinburgh, and Berkeley (where she also taught technical journalism at the University of California) before returning to London at the end of 1999. She also completed a PhD related to artificial intelligence, her research inspired by many of the scientists she wrote about as a journalist.