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"The probability of success is difficult to estimate, but if we never search, the chance for success is zero. [Cocconi & Morrison 1959]" I wish that TED would empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the search for cosmic company.

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Director, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute Since 1999

SETI Institute

Director, Project Phoenix, SETI Institute 1993 - 1999

SETI Institute

Project Scientist for NASA SETI Microwave Observing Project (MOP) later called High Resolution Microwave Survey (HRMS) 1989 - 1993

SETI Institute



TED prize 2009

California Academy of Sciences Fellow (2003), Scientific Trustee 2007

Received Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization from Wonderfest 2005

Named one of 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine 2004

AAAS Fellow 2002

Received the Tesla Award of Technology at the Telluride Tech Festival 2001

Fellow of The Explorers Club 1998

Women of Achievement Award, Science & Technology category, presented by the Women’s Fund and the San Jose Mercury News 1998

Received Chabot Observatory Person of the Year Award 1997

Bernard M. Oliver Endowed Chair, SETI Institute 1997

Received two NASA Public Service Medals (one at Ames Research Center and one at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC) and a HRMS Group Achievement Award 1993

Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Aerospace 1989

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