Dava Sobel

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Dava Sobel speaking at a Yale event

Dava Sobel (born June 15, 1947,[1] The Bronx, New York) is an American writer of popular expositions of scientific topics. Her book Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love was nominated for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[2] She graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. Her works include:

Longitude was dramatised for television by Charles Sturridge and Granada Film in 1999, and was shown in the United States by A&E. Michael Gambon played John Harrison, and Jeremy Irons played Rupert Gould, who restored Harrison's timepieces for posterity in the mid-20th century.

Sobel made her first foray into teaching at the University of Chicago as the Vare Writer-in-Residence in the winter of 2006. She taught a one-quarter seminar on writing about science.

She served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012.[3]

She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002.[4] The asteroid 30935 Davasobel is named after her.[5]

Sobel states she is a chaser of solar eclipses and that "it's the closest thing to witnessing a miracle". As of August 2012 she has seen eight, and planned to see the November 2012 total solar eclipse in Australia.[6]


  1. ^ Sobel, Dava. "Self-Portrait". Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes: Biography or Autobiography". Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dava Sobel Biography". 
  5. ^ "30935 Davasobel", Jet Propulsion Laboratory Small-Body Database Browser
  6. ^ "Jennifer Byrne Presents: Dava Sobel". Retrieved August 29, 2012. 

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