Jill Tarter

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


Tarter RECEIVED re 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

“Life Beyond Earth” CSICon 2016

Tarter has worked on a number of major scientific projects, must 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 zowel 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 Hydrogenation fusion. [5] She has spent 35 years in the quest for extraterrestrial life and announced re Retirement in 2012. [3]

In 2011, Tarter delivered a talk, “Intelligent Life in the Universe: Is Anybody Out There?”, At the first Starmus Festival in the Canary Islands. The festival, founded by Astronomer Garik Israelian is a blend of astronomy, Allied sciences, music, and art, and Tarter subsequently joined the Starmus Board of Directors, Along with Israelian, astrophysicist and Queen founding guitarist Brian May , theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking , evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins , and others. Her 2011 talk was published in the book Starmus: 50 Years of Man in Space . [6] Jill Tarter is a member of the CuriosityStream Advisory Board. [7]

Honors and awards

Tarter’s work in Astrobiology and re success as a female scientist port garnered achievement awards from verschillende scientific organizations.

  • Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Aerospace in 1989.
  • Received two public service Medals from NASA. [8]
  • Was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2002 and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences in 2003.
  • Received the Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award in 2003.
  • Was Awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology in 2001. [9]
  • Was named one of the 100 Most Influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004. [10]
  • Received Wonderfest ‘s Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization in 2005. [11]
  • Recipient of a 2009 TED Prize . [12]
  • Elected a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry . [13]

In popular culture

Tarter’s Astronomical work is Illustrated in Carl Sagan ‘s novel Contact . In the film version of Contact , the protagonist Ellie Arroway is played will to Jodie Foster . Tarter conversed with the actress for months before and prolongation filming, and Arroway was “largely based” on Tarter’s work. [4] She has ook leg featured in John Boswell’s Symphony of Science music video, “The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)”. [14]

On October 20, 2006 Tarter Appeared on the Point of Inquiry podcast to Discuss the question: “Are we alone?” Tarter stated, “Humans will harbor a différent view about being human if and als we know the answer to the” Are we alone? ” question. ” [15]

In May 2013, the Science Laureates of the United States Act of 2013 was introduced JSON Congress. Jill Tarter was listed by one commentator as a shower nominee for the position of Science Laureate, if the act ulcers to pass. [16]


  1. Jump up^ SETI Institute Official Website – Jill Tarter biography
  2. Jump up^ Overbye, Dennis (18 June 2012). “A Career Waiting for ET to phone” . New York Times . Retrieved 19 June 2012 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b “Alien hunter retires after 35-year quest for ET” . Fox News. May 22, 2012 . Retrieved May 22, 2012 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b “Dr. Jill Tarter: Looking to Make ‘Contact ‘ ‘ . Archived from the original on October 5, 2008 . Retrieved October 27, 2008 .
  5. Jump up^ Brown dwarf – HistoryRetrieved September 24, 2010
  6. Jump up^ http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/starmus-festival-and-stephen-hawking-launch-the-book-starmus-50-years-of-man-in-space-274263251 .html
  7. Jump up^ “CuriosityStream Advisory Board” . Retrieved 31 August 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ CNN : “Scientist probes outer space for aliens” . CNN . April 19, 2004 . Retrieved October 27, 2008 .
  9. Jump up^ “Past honorees” . Telluride Tech Festival . Retrieved October 15, 2011 .
  10. Jump up^ TIME Magazine : “TIME 100: Jill Tarter” . Time . April 26, 2004 . Retrieved October 27, 2008 .
  11. Jump up^ “Sagan Prize Recipients” . wonderfest.org . 2011 . Retrieved September 10, 2011 .
  12. Jump up^ “TED Prizes Go From Deep Sea to Deep Space” . Retrieved October 27, 2008 .
  13. Jump up^ “CSI Fellows and Staff” . Retrieved August 7, 2011 .
  14. Jump up^ John Boswell (melodysheep), “The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)” onYouTube, February 25, 2010.
  15. Jump up^ DJ Grothe (October 20, 2006). “Jill Tarter – Are We Alone?” . www.pointofinquiry.org (Podcast). Center for Inquiry . Retrieved May 18, 2014 .
  16. Jump up^ Marlow, Jeffrey (9 May 2013). “The Science Laureate of the United States” . Wired Magazine . Retrieved 12 September 2013 .