Dianna Cowern

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Dianna Cowern
Cowern during Vidcon 2018
Dianna Leilani Cowern

(1989-05-04) May 4, 1989 (age 32)[1]
Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology[1][2]
OccupationScience communicator
Known forPhysics Girl videos

Dianna Leilani Cowern (born May 4, 1989) is a science communicator. She is a YouTuber who uploads videos explaining various physical phenomena. She worked in partnership with PBS Digital Studios channel Physics Girl until 2020, when she discontinued her partnership but continued uploading content related to physics.[3] She has also often collaborated with other STEM-based YouTube personalities, including fellow science communicator Derek Muller of the channel Veritasium, maker Simone Giertz, and mathematics animator Grant Sanderson of 3Blue1Brown.


Cowern was born May 4, 1989, and raised in Hawaii.[4] In the 5th grade, Cowern won a school competition to paint the cover of her school year book, and since then she has been fascinated by science and art.[5] While in high school, she was inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson and became interested in communicating science.[6] She studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 2011 with a bachelor's degree.[6][7]


After graduation, Cowern was a research fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.[8] Cowern began as outreach coordinator at University of California at San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences.[1] One of her goals is to make science more accessible to girls.[9] She started making science videos while working as an app developer at General Electric. In 2014, she won the top video prize from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.[1] She has discussed science on national media, including U.S. News & World Report.[10]

In February 2017, she did a talk at Google titled 'Becoming YouTube's Physics Girl'.[11] In December 2017, she was featured in an interview in APS News.[12] Cowern has been featured in the Huffington Post, Slate, and Scientific American blogs.[13][14]

In 2018, Cowern won a Webby Award for Best Web Personality and was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 in the category of education.[15][16]

On September 25, 2020, Dianna announced on her YouTube channel in the video, "Why RED BUBBLES are impossible… or are they?!" that she would be ending her five-year partnership with PBS Studios.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d McDonald, Kim (June 5, 2014). "UC San Diego's 'Physics Girl' Wins National Competition".
  2. ^ Lanning, Carly (March 18, 2015). "YouTube's Physics Girl is science-loving superhero".
  3. ^ "Physics Girl". PBS Digital Studios. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The Beauty of Science – How Dianna Cowern is Spreading the Love Through Artistic Alternatives". Scientista | Women in STEM. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Meet Physics Girl, the YouTuber who makes a living explaining science". Science | AAAS. March 16, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Cho, Adrian (March 16, 2017). "Meet Physics Girl, the YouTuber who makes a living explaining science". AAAS. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Education, P. B. S. (October 26, 2019). "Why Being Held Back Was the Push Forward I Needed". PBS Education.
  9. ^ Bidwell, Allie (August 4, 2015). "'Physics Girl' Tells How She Makes Kids Love STEM". US News.
  10. ^ "Dianna Cowern - U.S. News STEM Solutions". U.S. News STEM Solutions. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Talks at Google (February 7, 2017), Dianna Cowern: "Becoming YouTube's 'Physics Girl'" | Talks at Google, retrieved February 6, 2018
  12. ^ Gaal, Rachel (December 2017). "YouTube's Physics Girl". APS News. 26 (11): 2, 7. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  13. ^ "Dianna Cowern (Physics Girl)". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  14. ^ PBS Digital Studios (November 18, 2016), Searching for Dark Matter | Dianna Cowern | PBSDS Nerd Night 2016, retrieved February 6, 2018
  15. ^ "Dianna Cowern – Physics Girl -- The Webby Awards". Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  16. ^ "Dianna Cowern". Forbes.
  17. ^ Cowern, Dianna (September 25, 2020). Why it’s impossible to make a red bubble… or IS it?!. Retrieved September 25, 2020.

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