STEPHEN BUDIANSKY is a journalist whose writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and op-ed pages, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Economist, and many other publications. He is the author of fourteen books about military history, intelligence and espionage, science, and the natural world. His most recent book is Code Warriors: NSA's Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union.
Budiansky received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Yale University in 1978 and a master of science degree in applied mathematics from Harvard the following year. From 1979 to 1982 he was a magazine editor and radio producer at the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C.; from 1982 to 1985 he was Washington correspondent and then Washington editor of the scientific journal Nature. In 1985–86 he was a Congressional Fellow at the U.S. Congress’s Office of Technology Assessment, where he co-authored a study of advanced conventional weapons technology. In 1986 he joined the staff of U.S. News & World Report where he worked for the next twelve years in a variety of writing and editing positions, including national security correspondent, foreign editor, and deputy editor.
He is a member of the editorial board of Cryptologia, the scholarly journal of cryptology and intelligence history, and is on the American Heritage Dictionary’s Usage Panel.
In 2011, Budiansky was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship as a writer of general non-fiction to complete his biography of the quirky and brilliant American composer Charles Ives, which is being published by the University Press of New England.