Raphael Rosen caught the science writing bug while working at the Exploratorium, San Francisco’s hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception. There he was inspired by the way the Exploratorium's exhibits communicated science ideas clearly and in a down-to-earth fashion. (The giant ball bearing and wave interference exhibits especially stand out in his memory.) Always interested in ways in which science and writing intersected, he has been inspired by Jerry P. King, author of The Art of Mathematics, as well as K.C. Cole, Philip Hoare, and Bryan Magee.

He has written for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Mission, as well as for, where he explored the aesthetics of space telescope images and covered recent research news in the space community. He wrote about arts and cultural events for the Wall Street Journal, and interviewed paleontologist James Horner for a piece about fossil auctions than ran in EARTH magazine. Rosen also wrote a story about Maxfield Parrish's lavishly illustrated undergraduate chemistry notebook for SciArt in America, and contributed short news items to Scholastic Science World. He has written for Discover and Scientific American, and authored a children’s book about outer space.

Rosen has a master’s in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s in philosophy from Williams College. Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, where he frequently visited the Nature Science Center, he currently lives in New York City and can be found online at