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Tom Margerison

Tom Margerison
His grave in Highgate Cemetery

Thomas Alan Margerison (13 November 1923 – 25 February 2014) was a British science journalist, author, and broadcaster who founded the magazine New Scientist in 1956.[1] He was a science correspondent for The Sunday Times, which he joined in 1961.[1]

Margerison partnered David Frost to form what became London Weekend Television (LWT), a new ITV contractor from August 1968.[2] He was LWT's first deputy managing director, becoming both chairman and chief executive of the company within two years.[1] Margerison left LWT in 1971.[1] He served as the chairman of Computer Technology Limited from 1971 to 1975.[1]

Margerison died, aged 90, on 25 February 2014.[1] He was survived by his partner, journalist Marjorie Wallace, with whom he had lived since the mid 1980s, by their daughter, Sophia Margerison, and by Peter and Angus, his two sons by his ex-wife Pamela Margerison (née Tilbrook).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Richmond, Caroline (2014-03-03). "Tom Margerison obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  2. ^ Leapman, Michael (2014-03-01). "Tom Margerison: Journalist widely acclaimed for his work in popularising science who went on to fall foul of Rupert Murdoch". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-03-24.