Dava Sobel

Dava Sobel
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DAVA SOBEL is an award-winning writer and former New York Time science reporter who has contributed articles to Audubon, Discover, Life, and The New Yorker. She has also been a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine, writing about scientific research and the history of science. Ms. Sobel has maintained an interest in Galileo since childhood and her latest book, Galileo's Daughter, fulfills her ambition to plumb the renaissance scientist's life and times, and to reveal his relationship with his daughter, Suor Maria Celeste, a Poor Clare nun. In researching this book, she traveled to Italy four times and translated original documents, including more than 120 letter from Suor Maria Celeste to her famed father. Galileo's Daughter won a 1999 Christopher Award and the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology.

Ms. Sobel's book, Longitude, became an international bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. Longitude has won several awards, including the "Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award" from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, "Book of the Year" in England, "Le Prix Faubert du Coton" in France, and "Il Premio del Mar Circeo" in Italy. In recognition of Longitude, Ms. Sobel was made a fellow of the American Geographical Society. The PBS program NOVA produced "Lost At Sea--The Search for Longitude," a television documentary adaptation of Longitude, which aired in the fall of 1998, and NOVA is currently developing a television documentary of Galileo's Daughter. This summer the A & E Network will broadcast a four-hour miniseries dramatization of Longitude produced by Granada Films.

Sobel has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including NPR's "All Things Considered," "Fresh Air," and "The Connection" with Christopher Lydon, as well as C-SPAN's "Booknotes," "The Today Show," and "ABC World News Tonight." She lives in East Hampton, New York.

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