Wade was born in Aylesbury, England and educated at Eton College and King’s College, Cambridge. Wade has been a correspondent, based in Washington, and deputy editor, based in London, of the journal Nature. He also reported from Washington for the journal Science. At the New York Times he has worked as an editorial writer covering science, environment and defense, and as editor of the science section. He is the author of several books including “The Nobel Duel,” (Doubleday, 1980) an account of two scientists’ race to win the Nobel prize; “Betrayers of the Truth,” co-authored with William J. Broad (Simon & Schuster, 1982) and “Before the Dawn,” (Penguin Press, 2006) about human evolution in the last 10,000 years. His most recent book, about the evolution of religious behavior, is “The Faith Instinct” (Penguin Press, 2009).