top of page

About Charles

CHARLES PANATI, a former physicist and for six years a science editor for Newsweek, is the author of many non-fiction and fiction books, including six works on "origins." He's considered the country's leading authority on the origins of just about everything. 

He has made a life out of exploring origins. Researching his own family, he learned that he is not a "Panati" by blood, but through his father's adoption. His obsession with getting to the roots of things gave him a second family: the Hudsons of Kilbaha, Country Kerry, Ireland. 

Listen to Charles Panati read from his national bestseller, The Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things. 

Browse Penguin Putnam's biography of Charles Panati

bottom of page