Dava Sobel

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Dava Sobel
Dava Sobel with hands folded, November 8, 2007.jpg
Sobel speaking at a Yale event in 2007
Born (1947-06-15) June 15, 1947 (age 71)
The Bronx, New York City
Education The Bronx High School of Science
Alma mater Binghamton University

Dava Sobel (born June 15, 1947)[1] is an American writer of popular expositions of scientific topics. Her books include Longitude, about English clockmaker John Harrison, and Galileo's Daughter, about Galileo's daughter Maria Celeste, and The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.

Biography[edit]

Sobel was born on June 15, 1947, in The Bronx, New York City. She graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. She wrote Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time in 1995. The story was made into a television movie, of the same name by Charles Sturridge and Granada Film in 1999, and was shown in the United States by A&E.

Her book Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[2]

She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002.[3]

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.[4]

Publications[edit]

Legacy[edit]

The asteroid 30935 Davasobel is named after her.[8]

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 had seen eight, and planned to see the November 2012 total solar eclipse in Australia.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sobel, Dava. "Self-Portrait". Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes: Biography or Autobiography". Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Dava Sobel Biography". Archived from the original on December 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ Moore, Patrick (2 September 2005). "Review: The Planets by Dava Sobel". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ Brown, Helen (11 October 2011). "Review: A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos by Dava Sobel". The Telegraph. 
  7. ^ http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/315726/the-glass-universe-by-dava-sobel/9780670016952/
  8. ^ "30935 Davasobel", Jet Propulsion Laboratory Small-Body Database Browser
  9. ^ "Jennifer Byrne Presents: Dava Sobel". Retrieved August 29, 2012. 

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