Michael Shaw has written several books to assist teachers and their young scientists in preparing winning science fair projects. He has also written photo-essay books with poems, winning an award for his inspirational poetry. His latest book takes you on a photo tour of Ireland.
His degree in Fine Art from The New York Institute of Technology inspired him to combine art with science. His reproductions of ancient Egyptian Art have been sold at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at The Field Museum in Chicago. Mr. Shaw’s life-size reproduction of the north wall of King Tutankhamen’s tomb was purchased by the Philadelphia Museum at the University of Pennsylvania for permanent display. His commercial art has sold in department stores nationwide, and his art and photography has been published in books, magazines, and featured on television.
Mr. Shaw is best known for popularizing microscopic creatures called tardigrades. Called “The Space Bear Hunter,” his viral internet video popularized the tardigrade as the “first animal to survive in space.” Mr. Shaw has starred in the PBS video on YouTube, “Songs For Unusual Creatures,” and has appeared on television in Brazil. Having popularized this unusual creature, resulting in an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, he was recently featured in a science article in the New York Times.
Continuing to write, he is currently working on a novel, a collection of short stories, and several other non-science types of books.