The Galileo project: Daring to Look Through New Telescopes

Saturday October 09
Time: 18:50 - 19:40 


Abraham (Avi) Loeb is Frank B. Baird, Jr., professor of science at Harvard University and best-selling author (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, L 'Express and more). He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel at age 24 (1980-1986), led the first international project supported by the Strategic Defense Initiative (1983-1988), and was subsequently a long-term member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study (1988-1993).


Loeb has written 8 books, including the most recent, Extraterrestrial (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021) and around 800 articles (with an h-index of 117) on a wide range of topics, including black holes, the first stars, the search of extraterrestrial life and the future of the Universe.


Loeb is the Director of the Institute for Theory and Computing (2007-present) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and also serves as Project Leader for Galileo (2021-present). He had been the longest-serving chair of the Harvard Astronomy Department (2011-2020) and the Founding Director of the Harvard Black Hole Initiative (2016-2021).


He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics.


Loeb is a past member of the President's Council of Science and Technology Advisors (PCAST) at the White House, past chairman of the Board of Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies (2018-2021), and current member of the Advisory Board. for "Einstein: Visualize the Impossible" from the Hebrew University. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative (2016-present) and serves as Director of Scientific Theory for all Breakthrough Prize Foundation Initiatives. In 2012, TIME magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in the space and in 2020 Loeb was selected among the 14 most inspiring Israelis of the last decade.