It is with the heaviest heart that we tell you that Michael Hanlon, founder and CEO of Jurassica, died on the 9th of February. Michael’s funeral was held on 27th February 2016 in Camberwell, London.
One of the UK’s top science writers, Michael had a distinguished career as a science journalist, including being Science Editor of the Daily Mail for a decade. He produced a string of books popularising science, including most recently “Playing by the Rules”, due out next month, “Eternity: Our Next Billion Years”, and “the Science of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”, which he was commissioned to write to accompany the film.
Michael grew up an only child in Dorset, and spent his youth hunting for dinosaur fossils along the Jurassic Coast, where dinosaurs were first discovered, and ended up studying geology at university. He had a dream of setting up a major dinosaur attraction in a disused quarry in Portland, and left full time journalism a few years ago to dedicate his time to turning the dream into reality, founding the Jurassica project. The BBC asked him to accompany David Attenborough on his last wildlife filming trip in Africa, and Michael got the famous naturalist so enthused about the Jurassica project, that he agreed to become its Patron – a rare honour. Renzo Piano gave Michael a personal tour of the Shard – Europe’s tallest office building – and by the time they had come back down, the world famous architect was so enthused by the vision, he had offered to do the designs for the Jurassica project pro-bono.