Dan Werthimer – 2019 Carl Sagan Prize Recipient

Dan Wertheimer 2019 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization

Dan Werthimer is the Marilyn and Watson Alberts Chair and Chief Scientist at the Berkeley SETI Research Center (BSRC). BSRC conducts experiments searching for electromagnetic signatures of hypothetical intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations. Affiliated with the University of California at Berkeley, BSRC may be best known for its SETI@home volunteer computing software and for its 10-year, $100-million Breaththrough Listen project.

Werthimer earned a BA degree at San Francisco State University, and did post-graduate work at UC Berkeley. He became an associate professor in both the engineering and physics departments at SF State, and a visiting professor at universities in China, France, and Hungary.

As cofounder and principal investigator of SETI@home, Werthimer has helped to inspire eight million volunteers in 226 countries to take part in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). Werthimer has given over 500 public talks spanning 40 years, is featured in some 100 television documentaries, and has testified to the US Congress House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He has worked with the Lawrence Hall of Science to develop a curriculum about life in the universe and SETI that is used by roughly a million elementary and middle-school students.

Dan Werthimer - 2019 Carl Sagan Prize Recipient