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Tom Standage

Science and technology correspondent for The Economist

Tom Standage was born in London and studied engineering and theoretical computing at Dulwich College and Oxford University.

Since graduating, he has covered science and technology for a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Independent, Wired, FEED and The Financial Times. Formerly the deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph’s technology section, “Connected,” he is now the science and technology correspondent for The Economist.

His first book, The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-Line Pioneers (Walker & Company, 1998), was published on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tom Standage lives in Greenwich, England, with his wife and daughter, and is currently working on a new book. He can be visited on the Internet at

Articles by Tom Standage

Electrifying America

How much did the transatlantic telegraph revolutionize 19th century communication?

October 27, 2001

The 19th Century Internet

What did the world do before there was the Internet? Use the telegraph, of course.

October 6, 2001