Madhusree Mukerjee (born 1961) is an Indian-American writer and journalist. She is the author of The Land of Naked People: Encounters with Stone Age Islanders (2003) and Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II (2010). She is also a contributor to the People’s Archive of Rural India and an editor with Scientific American.
Mukerjee was born in West Bengal, India. She graduated from Jadavpur University with a degree in physics. After obtaining a PhD in physics from the University of Chicago—supervised by Yoichiro Nambu—she began post-doctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
After Caltech, Mukerjee took up science journalism and worked for Physics Today for one year and Scientific American for seven years. She received a Guggenheim fellowship to complete her first book, The Land of Naked People (2003). In her second book, Churchill’s Secret War (2010), Mukerjee documents the role played by the policies, as well as the racial and political worldview, of the war-time Prime MinisterWinston Churchill and his trusted friend and advisor Frederick Lindemann, in the death and devastation caused by the Bengal famine of 1943 and the partition of India.