SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN readers will be saddened to learn that Phylis Morrison, a contributor for decades and a dynamo of science education, passed away on July 9 after a recurrence of cancer. She and her co-author husband, the eminent physicist Philip Morrison, wrote the reviews of children's science books that were a holiday feature for many years. Between 1998 and 2001, their column Wonders offered a faithful glimpse into the extraordinary diversity of their interests, which ranged from travel, gardening, and photography to sculpture.
Phylis refused resolutely to honor a creative distinction between art and science, and threw herself into the advancement of both, as is evident in her writing for the film classic Powers of Ten, the television series The Ring of Truth and her numerous books.
This article was originally published with the title Phylis Morrison, 1927-2002.