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Biographical Sketch: Seth Shostak
Shostak is a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. For much of his career, Shostak conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately 50 papers in professional journals. During more than a decade, he worked at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, The Netherlands, where he used the Westerbork Radio Synthesis Telescope. He also founded and ran a company producing computer animation for television.
Shostak has written several hundred popular magazine and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. He lectures on astronomy and other subjects at the California Academy of Sciences, and gives approximately 70 talks annually at both educational and corporate institutions. For the last five years, he has been a Distinquished Speaker for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Frequently interviewed for radio and TV, he has recently appeared on Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, History Channel, the BBC, “Nightline,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live,” “Coast to Coast AM,” NPR, CNN News, and National Geographic Television. He is the host of a one-hour weekly radio program on astrobiology entitled “Are We Alone?”
Shostak has edited and contributed to a half dozen books. His first popular tome, “Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life” (Berkeley Hills Books) appeared in March 1998. In 1999, it was chosen as a Book of the Month Club science selection. He has also co-authored an astrobiology text, “Life in the Universe” (Addison-Wesley), and his latest is book is “Cosmic Company” (Cambridge Univ. Press). In 2004, he won the Klumpke-Roberts Prize for the popularization of astronomy.