Neville Hodgkinson is a writer and journalist who worked for more than 20 years as medical and science correspondent of several national newspapers in the UK, including The Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Mail and The Business.
He is also a former social policy correspondent of the London Times.
In his last full-time journalistic post, as the Sunday Times’ science correspondent, he became involved in a scientific controversy over the causes of AIDS, reporting from several central African countries as well as from Australia and Germany in the course of an investigation that challenged the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) theory.
His book about this controversy, AIDS: The Failure of Contemporary Science (Fourth Estate, 1996) argues for a much wider view of the origins of the syndrome than the conventional theory allows, and ends with an appeal for a rethink of science’s observational methods, checks and assumptions.
Hodgkinson was associated with developments that led to the establishment of an Aids Advisory Panel by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, and attended the second of the panel’s hearings as an observer.
He is chairman of the Janki Foundation for Global Health care, a UK-based charity which encourages research and awareness in the field of values and health.