Adrian Johns is a professor in the Department of History and the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, most recently Death of a Pirate, published by Norton. Piracy, his history of intellectual piracy from the invention of printing to the Internet, was published by the University of Chicago Press and has been published in Italian, Spanish, French, and Czech. Piracy won the Laing Prize from the University of Chicago and also was selected as Book of the Year by the American Society for Information Science and Technology and an Outstanding Title by Choice Magazine.
Adrian is the author, also, of The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, published by the University of Chicago Press. The Nature of the Book won the Leo Gershoy Award of the American Historical Association, the John Ben Snow Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies, the Louis Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the SHARP Prize for the best work on the history of authorship, reading and publishing.
Educated in Britain at the University of Cambridge, Adrian Johns has taught at the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of California, San Diego, and the California Institute of Technology.