Seth Shostak

2015 recipient of the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization

Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA

Dr. Shostak earned a BS in physics from Princeton and a PhD in astrophysics from Caltech. He has authored or co-authored a college textbook on astrobiology, four popular books on SETI, and 400 popular science articles — including regular contributions to both the Huffington Post and Discover Magazine blogs.

Seth has appeared on numerous television documentaries including HorizonNaked Science, and The Universe. He has also appeared on The Colbert Report, and he has received the Klumpke-Roberts Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for his “outstanding contributions to the public understand and appreciation of astronomy.” Seth gives many dozens of talks annually, and is the host of the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, Big Picture Science.