About Dr. Seth Shostak, PhD

Seth Shostak is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals.

He has written over five hundred popular magazine, newspaper and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. He lectures on astronomy and other subjects, and for six years was a Distinguished Speaker for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also chaired the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Study Group. Every week he hosts the SETI Institute’s hour-long, science radio show, “Big Picture Science.”

Seth has written, edited and contributed to a half dozen books, including a textbook on astrobiology. His most recent tome is Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (National Geographic).