Dr. Seth Shostak
Astronomer with a BA in physics from Princeton and a PhD in astronomy from Caltech, and is involved with the Institute's SETI research. He is science editor for The Explorer, gives more than 50 talks annually for both academic and general audiences, and writes magazine articles (and books) about SETI. Before SETI, Seth did research work on galaxies using radio telescopes at observatories and universities in America and Europe. His vocations include photography, filmmaking, and electronics.
He is a frequent presenter of the Institute’s work in the media, through lectures, and via the Institute’s weekly radio show, Are We Alone?, for which he’s the host. Shostak readily translates the most complex scientific discoveries into terms accessible to the non-scientist. He has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, and the SPACE.com web site, as well as three books. Recently awarded the Klumpke-Roberts Award by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy, Shostak is also Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Study Group.