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Jill Tarter
Jill Tarter at TED in 2009.jpg
Tarter at TED. Photograph by Steve Jurvetson.
Born (1944-01-16) January 16, 1944 (age 70)
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of California at Berkeley
Cornell University
Occupation Astronomer

Jill Cornell Tarter (born January 16, 1944) is an American astronomer and the outgoing director of the Center for SETI Research, holding the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute.[1][2][3]

Education[edit]

Tarter received her undergraduate education at Cornell University, where she earned a Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree, and a Master's degree and PhD in astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley.[4]

Astronomy career[edit]

Tarter has worked on a number of major scientific projects, most relating to the search for extraterrestrial life. As a graduate student, she worked on the radio-search project SERENDIP, and created the corresponding backronym, "Search for Extraterrestrial Radio Emissions from Nearby Developed Intelligent Populations." She was project scientist for NASA's High Resolution Microwave Survey (HRMS) in 1992 and 1993 and subsequently director of Project Phoenix (HRMS reconfigured) under the auspices of the SETI Institute. She was co-creator with Margaret Turnbull of the HabCat in 2002, a principal component of Project Phoenix. Tarter has published dozens of technical papers and lectures extensively both on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the need for proper science education. She is credited with coining the term "brown dwarf" for the classification of stars with insufficient mass to sustain hydrogen fusion.[5] She has spent 35 years in the quest for extraterrestrial life and announced her retirement in 2012.[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

Tarter's work in astrobiology and her success as a female scientist have garnered achievement awards from several scientific organizations.

In popular culture[edit]

Tarter's astronomical work is illustrated in Carl Sagan's novel Contact. In the film version of Contact, the protagonist Ellie Arroway is played by Jodie Foster. Tarter conversed with the actress for months before and during filming, and Arroway was "largely based" on Tarter's work.[4] She has also been featured in John Boswell's Symphony of Science music video, "The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)".[12]

On October 20, 2006, Tarter appeared on the Point of Inquiry podcast to discuss the question: "Are we alone?". Tarter stated "Humans will have a different view about being human if and when we know the answer to the 'Are we alone?' question"[13]

In May 2013, the Science Laureates of the United States Act of 2013 (H.R. 1891; 113th Congress) was introduced into Congress. Jill Tarter was listed by one commentator as a possible nominee for the position of Science Laureate, if the act were to pass.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SETI Institute Official Website – Jill Tarter biography
  2. ^ Overbye, Dennis (18 June 2012). "A Career Waiting for E.T. to Phone". New York Times. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Alien hunter retires after 35-year quest for E.T.". Fox News. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Space.com: "Dr. Jill Tarter: Looking to Make 'Contact'". Retrieved October 27, 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ Brown dwarf – History Retrieved September 24, 2010
  6. ^ CNN: "Scientist probes outer space for aliens". CNN. April 19, 2004. Retrieved October 27, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Past Honorees". Telluride Tech Festival. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ TIME Magazine: "TIME 100: Jill Tarter". Time. April 26, 2004. Retrieved October 27, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Sagan Prize Recipients". wonderfest.org. 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "TED Prizes Go From Deep Sea to Deep Space". Retrieved October 27, 2008. 
  11. ^ "CSI Fellows and Staff". Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ John Boswell (melodysheep), "The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)" on YouTube, February 25, 2010.
  13. ^ DJ Grothe (October 20, 2006). "Jill Tarter - Are We Alone?". www.pointofinquiry.org (Podcast). Center for Inquiry. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Marlow, Jeffrey (9 May 2013). "The Science Laureate of the United States". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 

External links[edit]


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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:03:45 -0700

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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:30:00 -0700

Ben Hayoun speaks to illustrious space scientists from SETI, NASA's Near Earth Objects (NEO) project and Disaster and Rescue Assistance (DART) including: extra-terrestrial intelligence specialist Dr. Jill Tarter (the inspiration for Jodie Foster's ...
 
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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:06:05 -0700

... Reconstructing the Cosmic Evolution of the Chemical Elements · Stability of the Kepler-11 System and its Origin · Disentangling Planets and Stellar Activity for Gliese 667C · SETI, Astrobiology Pioneer Jill Tarter Awarded Jansky Lectureship. Subscribe.
 
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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:15:00 -0700

... Reconstructing the Cosmic Evolution of the Chemical Elements · Stability of the Kepler-11 System and its Origin · Disentangling Planets and Stellar Activity for Gliese 667C · SETI, Astrobiology Pioneer Jill Tarter Awarded Jansky Lectureship · How ...

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:22:30 -0700

Ma oggi altre due donne sono sulla frontiera della ricerca: Vera Rubin, detta “la dark lady” perché documentò l'esistenza della “materia oscura”, e Jill Tarter, portabandiera della ricerca di extraterrestri intelligenti. Tutti conosciamo le battaglie ...
 
ABC.es
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:37:30 -0700

... redonda contará con la participación de los premios Nobel, Robert Wilson y Harold Kroto, que en esta edición están invitados al congreso Starmus; además de los cosmonautas Alexei Leonov, Charles Duke, Walter Cunnighan o la investigadora Jill Tarter ...

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Perú21
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:40:12 -0700

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