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Seth Shostak

Seth Shostak

Senior Astronomer

Institution: SETI Institute
Mountain View, United States


Seth Shostak is an American astronomer, currently Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute.

Seth Shostak's Wikipedia page:

Seth claims to have developed an interest in extraterrestrial life at the tender age of ten, when he first picked up a book about the solar system. This innocent beginning eventually led to a degree in radio astronomy, and now, as Senior Astronomer, Seth is an enthusiastic participant in the Institute’s SETI observing programs.

In addition, Seth is keen on outreach activities: interesting the public – and especially young people – in science in general, and astrobiology in particular. He’s co-authored a college textbook on astrobiology, and has written three trade books on SETI. In addition, he’s published more than 500 popular articles on science -- including regular contributions to the Huffington Post -- gives approximately 50 talks annually, and is the host of the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, “Big Picture Science.”

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Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute, Mtn. View, Calif. Since 2001

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Public Programs Scientist, SETI Institute, Mtn. View, Calif. 1991 - 2001

SETI Institute

Cable TV Channel 27, Mtn. View, Calif 1990 - 1991

Senior Software Engineer, Mira Technology, Los Altos, Calif. 1988 - 1989

Director and Founder, Digital Images Computer Animation, Groningen, The Netherlands 1983 - 1988


B.A. physics, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey


Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization 2016

Awarded by Wonderfest, San Francisco

Klumpke-Roberts Award, from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, for “Outstanding contributions to better public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.” 2004

Best Bay Area Talk Show, BACE cable TV awards 1997

Wubbo Ockels Award, for applied science (image processing in the service of computer animation), The Netherlands 1988

Jaap S. Nieuwenhuis Award, from Netherlands Association for Scientific Film and Television 1984

Henk Nieuwenhuis prize for film, Groningen, The Netherlands 1977

Film awards for “Invisible Universe,” as above 1974

University Scholar, Princeton University 1961

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