Ian Hughes is a scientist and author. He graduated with a PhD in atomic physics from Queen’s University in Belfast, and worked in some of the top research laboratories in Europe and the United States. These included JET, the world’s largest nuclear fusion machine, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States.
On returning to Ireland he helped establish a Department of Creative Technologies to explore the overlap between art and technology, and co-founded a programme to bring together scientists and journalists to make science more accessible to the public.
In mid-career he trained in psychoanalysis, where he learned about human development, and the absence of development which results in dangerous personality disorders. In his new book Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities are Destroying Democracy, he brings together his experience in science, psychology and political science to demonstrate that a small proportion of people with dangerous personality disorders are responsible for most of the violence and greed that scars our world.