David Grinspoon

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Dr.
David H. Grinspoon
2014 June Astrobiology and Theology seminer 04.JPG
In June 2014, at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress seminar focusing on astrobiology.
Education Philosophy of Science and Planetary Science
doctorate in Planetary Sciences
Alma mater Brown University and
the University of Arizona
Occupation American astrobiologist
Employer the Planetary Science Institute
Notable work(s) Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life
"Venus Revealed: A New Look Below The Clouds of Our Mysterious Twin Planet"
Title former (Inaugural) Chair in Astrobiology at John W. Kluge Center at the Libary of Congress
Predecessor none
Successor Steven J. Dick
Parents Lester Grinspoon
Awards Carl Sagan Medal by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society
PEN Center USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction by the PEN Center USA
Los Angeles Times Book Prize (finalist)
NASA Group Achievement Award
Website
funkyscience.net


David H. Grinspoon ( born 1959) is an American astrobiologist. He is Principal Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute.[1] and was appointed Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology for 2012/2013.[2][3][4]

He has published two books, Venus Revealed and Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life, the latter of which won the 2004 PEN literary award for nonfiction [5] He is adjunct professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science at the University of Colorado.[6]


Biography[edit]

Grinspoon, the son of Harvard psychiatrist and author Lester Grinspoon, holds degrees in Philosophy of Science and Planetary Science from Brown University and a doctorate in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona. He serves as an advisor to NASA on space exploration strategy.[7] He serves as an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft mission to Venus.[8] He is a science team member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute Titan Team[9] and serves as science Co-Investigator and team lead for Education and Public Outreach for the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) on the Mars Science Laboratory.[10] His popular writing has appeared in numerous periodicals, such as Slate, Scientific American, Natural History, The Sciences, Seed, Astronomy, The Boston Globe, LA Times, and The New York Times. His technical papers have been published in Nature, Science, and numerous other journals. Dr. Grinspoon has been featured on many television (PBS's Life Beyond Earth; BBC's The Planets, History Channel's The Universe) and radio (NPR’s Science Fridays, Wisconsin Public Radio, BBC World Service) shows. He has given invited talks at international conferences throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia. A prolific public lecturer and writer, he also writes the monthly "Cosmic Relief" column for Sky & Telescope Magazine, where he is contributing editor.

Grinspoon is also an award-winning musician who has played guitar and composed for many bands. Currently he is performing with the House Band of the Universe.

In 2006, he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society for excellence in public communication of planetary science. In 2013 he was invited to give the Carl Sagan Lecture at the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Works[edit]

  • Venus Revealed: A New Look Below the Clouds of Our Mysterious Twin Planet (1998)
  • Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life (2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Grinspoon, PHD" (Biography). Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  2. ^ http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2012/12-080.html
  3. ^ Urschel, Donna. "David Grinspoon Named the First Chair in Astrobiology At John W. Kluge Center". News from the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "David Grinspoon Named the First Chair in Astrobiology At John W. Kluge Center". News from the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "About David Grinspoon" (Biography). CafeSci. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  6. ^ "Astrophysical and Planetary Science Directory". Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Science. University of Colorado. 
  7. ^ "Solar System Exploration - People". NASA - Solar System Exploration. NASA. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Venus Express: Searching for Life - On Earth". European Space Agency - Our Activities. ESA. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Members". NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Titan. NASA. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "SwRI Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) Homepage". SwRI Boulder. Southwest Research Institute. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 

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