Michael Benson

Michael Benson is a versatile personality, being an artist, filmmaker, writer, and exhibitions producer, who is born in Germany. He was born on 31st March 1962 and is an American national. He has completed his BA with major in English and also photography, as a minor subject. He grabbed his degree from State University of New York, in 1984.

Personal Life:

Benson has maintained a low profile on sharing his personal life, his immediate family, parents siblings are not known publicly. His marital status is also kept as a secret, there are no such rumors found whether he is dating someone or had dated anyone in the past. Michael Benson has been working in every sector of art starting from being a freelancer journalist, film production, author, and artist of the new world. He had left his studies, a year before his course ended, in order to pursue his career in journalism. He contributed quite a lot to his journalism career along with association with The New York Times newspaper.

The article “What Galileo Saw” written by Benson was added in the collection of The Best American Science Writing for the years 2004 and 2010. His recent contribution in 2013 which was considered to be the most emailed and read was “Gorgeous-Glimpses of Calamity,” which gave glimpse of natural disturbances on the surface via satellite and were seen on the parts of two countries i.e. India and China.


Benson completed his degree in ‘film making’ from the famous school, New York University and casted a documentary movie in 1995 named Predictions of Fire which received International awards for the best documentary movie. This movie fetched him great name and fame with a lot of awards. He then co-produced a film based on his book and projects of his exhibition named The Tree of Life (film) with Malick. In late 2011, he came up with one more documentary movie ‘Nostalgia for the Light’ which portrayed similarities of search between astronomers and Chileans.

Benson was a great writer; he had come up with three books which purely related to satellites, which had their pictures and details about their movements. His first contribution as an author was “Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes”, which was published originally in 2003. This book by Benson consists of highly reprocessed pictures of all the planets, including the sun and the moon. These photographs were used for exhibition in New York at American Museum of Natural History.

His second book was the next volume of his first book named “A Space-Time Chronicle”, which came into the market, in 2009. This book contained deep knowledge about the clusters, galaxies and stars. The short stories and colorful pictures of outer layer of space, would serve well to entertain you. His third edition “, Planetfall: New Solar System Visions” was out after 3 years in 2012, which portrayed the space, the planets and the whole universe in a graphical manner. He is currently working with a project named "Nanocosmos." which is carried out in Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Center for Bits and Atoms.

Last Modified: Apr 5, 2020

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