Charles C. Mann is an American journalist and author, specializing in scientific topics. His 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus won the National Academies Communication Award for best book of the year. He is the coauthor of four books, and contributing editor for Science, Atlantic Monthly, and "Wired".
Mann has also written for "Fortune", "The New York Times", "Smithsonian", "Technology Review", "Vanity Fair", and "The Washington Post". In 2005 he wrote 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, followed in 2011 by 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. He served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012.
He is a three-time "National Magazine Award" finalist and a recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and children.