Avi Loeb

Avi Loeb

Avi Loeb is Professor of Science at Harvard University, working primarily in astrophysics and cosmology. A New-York Times bestselling author, he consistently makes headlines for advocating that the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life should be mainstream science. The only reason it isn't, he maintains, is unscientific prejudice.

Loeb has been the longest serving Chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy (2011-2020), the Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative (2016-2021) and the Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (2007-present) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics .