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Dava Sobel


Ambassador Since 2004

East Hampton, New York 11937
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Biographical Information:


Photo of Ambassador Dava Sobel Dava Sobel is a former science reporter and now a world-renowned author. In her thirty years as a science journalist she has written for many magazines, served as a contributing editor and co-authored five books.

Ms. Sobel received the 2001 Individual Public Service Award from the National Science Board "for fostering awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the general public." Also in 2001, the Boston Museum of Science gave her its prestigious Bradford Washburn Award for her "outstanding contribution toward public understanding of science, appreciation of its fascination, and the vital role it plays in all our lives." In October 2004, in London, Ms. Sobel received the Harrison Medal from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, in recognition of her contribution to increasing awareness of the science of horology by the general public, through her writing and lecturing.

She is an accomplished lecturer and has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio programs, as well as network television.

A 1964 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Ms. Sobel attended Antioch College and the City College of New York before receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1969. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, in England, and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002.


Past events hosted by this Ambassador:

Revisiting Galileo
A Science Writer's Blog

Live at the Smithsonian: New Horizons, One Year and Counting
National Air & Space Museum

Science Writing by Scientists for Non-Scientists
A Science Writer's Blog

To Be a Solar System Ambassador
A Science Writer's Blog

A Science Writer's Blog


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