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Institute for Theory and Computation
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Black Hole Initiative
 Professor Avi Loeb        
(617) 496-6808 (office)
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Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA, 02138
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Abraham (Avi) Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University. Loeb published 4 books and over 700 papers (with an h-index of 101) on a wide range of topics, including black holes, the first stars, the search for extraterrestrial life and the future of the Universe. He serves as Chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy, Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative and Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics . He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, serves as the Science Theory Director for all Initiatives of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, as well as Chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. In 2012, TIME magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in space. Click here for Loeb's commentaries on innovation and diversity.  


Staff Assistant:
Ms. Uma Mirani
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Astron. Dept. Admin.:
Mr. Robb Scholten
Ms. Peg Herlihy

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ITC Administrator: 
Mr. Mark Palmer 
Tel: (617)495-1971 

BHI Administrator: 
Ms. Barbara Elfman 
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Theory Div. Admin.: 
Ms. Nina Zonnevylle 
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*"Further Realms: Are We Alone?", Harvard Crimson (May 20, 2019).

*"Black Holes and Insterstellar Visitors", Podcast, The Bob Murphy Show (May 17, 2019).

*"Should Scientists Keep Their Debates Private?", Scientific American (May 14, 2019).

*`Oumuamua's Cousin?, Scientific American (May 6, 2019).

*`Oumuamua gifts, Scientific American (May 6, 2019).

*"Interstellar Meteor", Harvard Crimson (April 29, 2019).

*"Announcement of Keynote Lecture at New Scientist Live, London", Scientific American (April 25, 2019).

*"Did a Meteor from Another Star Srike the Earth in 2014?", Scientific American (April 23, 2019).

*"When Laboratory Experiments Carry Theological Implications", Scientific American (April 22, 2019).

*Before the Big Bang, Harvard Gazette (April 18, 2019).

*Meteor from Another System, CNN (April 17, 2019).

*Interstellar Meteor, National Geographic (April 16, 2019).

*First Interstellar Meteor, Newsweek (April 16, 2019).

*Busy Week, Grapevine (April 16, 2019).

*Discovery of a Meteor of Interstellar Origin, arXiv (April 15, 2019).

*Implications of the M87 Image, Inverse (April 12, 2019).

*Looking Into Nothing, der Spiegel Cover Story (April 12, 2019).

*First Theoretical Prediction of the Black Hole Image in M87, The Astrophysical Journal (April 11, 2019).

*Harvard Scientists Help Capture the First Ever Black Hole Image, Harvard Crimson (April 10, 2019).

*What is a Black Hole Event Horizon?, Space.com (April 9, 2019).

*Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Discover (April 8, 2019).

*How to Keep Scientific Innovation Alive, Scientific American (April 8, 2019).

*Nanocrafts to Alpha-Centauri, SciTech Europa (April 4, 2019).

*Science or Science Fiction, Boston Globe (April 3, 2019).

*Q&A, Salom magazine, Turkey (April 3, 2019).

*"Alien Civilizations", Lasse Biornstad, Oslo (in Norwegien) (March 31, 2019).

*"Asteroid Explosion Over Russia", The CATS Roundtable (March 31, 2019).

*"What Happened Before the Big Bang?", Press Release (March 25, 2019).

*"The Humanities and the Future", Scientific American (March 22, 2019).

*"Extraterrestrial Life", Svein Rosseland Prize Lecture, University of Oslo (March 21, 2019).

*More on `Oumuamua, Lee Billings, Scientific American (March 21, 2019).

*Oumuamua, Salom, Turkey (March 21, 2019).

*Protecting Scientific Innovation from Social Pressure, accepted for publication (March 18, 2019).

*Reaching for the Stars, SciTech Europa Quarterly (March 15, 2019).

*Profile in French, Le Ze'Phir Magazine (March 15, 2019).

*Profile, Hebrew University Newsletter (March 15, 2019).

*Living Near a Supermassive Black Hole, Scientific American (March 11, 2019).

*Future of the Universe, Spark Dialogue (March 5, 2019).

*Future of Liberal Arts, accepted for publication (March 4, 2019).

*"Are We Really the Smartest Kid on the Block?", Scientific American (March 4, 2019).

*Anomalies on the Sky, CBS Chronicle (March 4, 2019).

*What is Wrong?, response to the Harvard Gazette (March 4, 2019).

*Profile, La Nacion, Argentina (March 3, 2019).

*Religious Implications of Oumuamua, First Source (in Hebrew; March 3, 2019)

*Radio interview, Mary-Jane Pop, Sacramento (February 25, 2019).

*"Buzz Aldrin's footprint on the Moon", The Grapevine (February 22, 2019).

*"Save the World: Avi Loeb", Republik (in German) (February 22, 2019).

*"Exciting Frontiers in Space Research", Stephen Ibaraki, Association for Computer Machinery (February 19, 2019).

*"Life Around Black Holes", accepted for publication (February 18, 2019).

*"Be Kind to Extraterrestrials", Scientific American (February 15, 2019).

*"What is a Black Hole?", Science Daily (February 14, 2019).

*"Evening News on PBS", Jim Braude, WGBH (February 13, 2019).

*"CBS Report", Marissa Bodnar, CBS (February 15, 2019).

*"The Ultimate Questions", Closer to Truth (February 11, 2019).

*"Conversation", Technikart (in French) (February 11, 2019).

*"Alien Probe?", Wall Street Journal (February 8, 2019).

*"Are we alone in the universe?", Michael Smerconish, CNN (February 9, 2019).

*"Testing Cosmic Inflation", Harvard Crimson (February 8, 2019).

*"Poll Results", Michael Smerconish, Twitter (February 8, 2019).

*"Ideas", Boston Globe (February 7, 2019).

*"We Might Not Be Alone", NBC Boston (February 6, 2019).

*"Oumuamua", The View, ABC (February 6, 2019).

*"Cloud of Dust?", video by Fox News (February 5, 2019).

*"Getting Personal", by Professor Steven Tingay in Newsweek (February 5, 2019).

*"Imaging Black Holes", Salon (February 4, 2019).

*"Aliens Among Us", Washington Post (February 4, 2019).

*"Ask Me Anything", Reddit (February 1, 2019).

*"Cover Story", XLSemanal (February 1, 2019).

*"Fermi's Paradox", Event Horizon (January 31, 2019).

*"Science and Fiction", NPR Interview (January 30, 2019).

*"Advanced Extraterrestrials as an Approximation to God", Scientific American (January 26, 2019).

*"The `Oumuamua Legacy", Scientific American (January 25, 2019).

*"Mainstreaming SETI", Filling Space (January 25, 2019).

*Greetings from Outer Space (in French)", Ulyces (January 25, 2019).

*Between the Rock and Deep Space", NPR (January 25, 2019).

*"The Strangeness of Black Holes", Nautilus (January 23, 2019).

*"Science", The Atlantic (January 23, 2019).

*"Q&A Interview about Space News", CATS Roundtable Podcast (January 20, 2019).

*"Geometry of `Oumuamua Could be More Extreme than Previously Inferred", Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society (January 18, 2019).

*"Have Aliens Found Us?", The New Yorker (January 16, 2019).

*"Astronomers Discover Most Distant Lensed Quasar", Sky & Telescope (January 16, 2019).

*"Future Study of Interstellar Objects", Centauri Dreams (January 15, 2019).

*"Embracing Nature from Walden Pond to Extraterretrial Ponds", (January 14, 2019).

*"Interstellar Object", Israeli TV, Channel 10 (January 13, 2019).

*"Interstellar Objects Crash into the Sun", Universe Today (January 11, 2019).

*"Strange `Oumuamua", "Stars and Space" Journal, Finland (January 11, 2019).

*"Our Future in Space", Scientific American (January 10, 2019).

*"If True, a Great Discovery", Ha'aretz Online (January 10, 2019).

*"Advanced ETs as an Approximation to God", accepted for publication (January 9, 2019).

*"Oumuamua: Our Interstellar Visitor", Podcast on TSID (January 7, 2019).

*"Thinking About Distant Civilizations Isn't Speculative", Der Spiegel Online in English (January 7, 2019).

*"If Extraterrestrials are Peacful, We Could Learn from Them", Der Spiegel (January 4, 2019).

*"What Might Become Our Most Important Discovery", Ha'aretz (January 4, 2019).

*"Personal Meeting", An hour long radio interview in hebrew with Tali Lipkin-Shahak, Galei Zahal (January 4, 2019).

*"Is Life Universal?", Podcast by Event Horizon (December 31, 2018).

*"Predictions for 2019", NBC News (December 27, 2018).

*"`Oumuamua is the 12th Most Read News Story for 2018", NBC News (December 28, 2018).

*"Top Space Stories of 2018", NBC News (December 26, 2018).

*"SETI", NBC News (December 25, 2018).

*"How to Approach the Problem of `Oumuamua", Scientific American (December 19, 2018).

*"Our Future in Space Will Echo Our Future on Earth", accepted for publication (December 17, 2018).

*"Inflation and the Multiverse", "Closer to Truth" (December 10, 2018).

*"Radio Interview on `Oumuamua", The Space Show (December 11, 2018).

*"Starshot Initiative", Big Think (December 11, 2018).

*"Harvard's Paper on `Oumuamua was the Top Space Story of 2018 on CNN", CNN (December 7, 2018).

*"ETs in 2018", Grapevine (December 6, 2018).

*"Message in a Bottle", Radio Interview (December 5, 2018).

*"Four Potential Interstellar Objects in the Solar System", Forbes magazine (November 30, 2018).

*"Trapped Interstellar Asteroids in the Solar System", Universe Today (November 29, 2018).

*"Is `Oumuamua a Comet?", Transcript of interview with Rob Reid, Ars Technica (November 29, 2018).

*"Our Interstellar Visitor", Podcast with Rob Reid (November 28, 2018).

*"Is `Oumuamua Artificial in Origin?", "Tech Insider (December 2, 2018).

*"Breaking the Walls of the Solar System", "Falling Walls" conferenc, Berlin, Germany (November 9, 2018).

*"InSight Lander on Mars", Boston Globe (November 26, 2018).

*"Hot Spots Around the Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way", Scientific American (November 25, 2018).

*"Six Strange Facts About the Interstellar Visitor, `Oumuamua ", Scientific American (November 20, 2018).

*"Podcast About the Unexpected Guest to the Solar System, `Oumuamua", Q&A with Rob Reid (November 14, 2018).

*"Something Weird This Way Comes", Harvard Gazette (November 19, 2018).

*"Finding the Truth", Die Zeit, Germany (November 14, 2018).

*"Seeking the Turth When the Consensus is Against You", Scientific American (November 9, 2018).

*"Video Interview on `Oumuamua", Clixoom Science (November 9, 2018).

*"NPR Interview on `Oumuamua", WGBH (November 9, 2018).

*"`Oumuamua", Event Horizon (November 9, 2018).

*"`Oumuamua", CBS This Morning (November 9, 2018).

*"Interstellar Object", CBS NYC TV (November 9, 2018).

*"Interstellar Object", Boston Globe (November 5, 2018).

*"Visiting an Interstellar Object in the Search for Life", Gizmodo (October 31, 2018).

*"Could `Oumuamua be an Extraterrestrial Solar Sail?", Phys.Org (October 31, 2018).

*"Edge of Black Hole", Quanta Magazine (October 30, 2018).

*"`Oumuamua, Thin Films and Lightsails", Centauri Dreams (October 29, 2018).

*"Panspermia Theory", Harvard Crimson (October 26, 2018).

*"What Happens in Black Holes", Closer to Truth (October 25, 2018).

*"Long Term Evolution of the Universe", Closer to Truth (October 25, 2018).

*"Future of Cosmology", Closer to Truth (October 25, 2018).

*"Ultimate Questions", Closer to Truth (October 25, 2018).

*"Anthropic Principle", Closer to Truth (October 25, 2018).

*"Multiverse", Closer to Truth (October 25, 2018).

*"Alien Intelligence", Closer to Truth (October 25, 2018).

*"Speakers List for Falling Walls", Berlin (October 19, 2018).

*"100 Alumni We Love", "American Friends of the Hebrew University" (October 25, 2018).

*"Making the Church Taller", Scientific American (October 18, 2018).

*"Life in the Cosmos", Closer to Truth (October 16, 2018).

*"Comet-like Objects Could be Spreading Life", Science magazine (October 15, 2018).

*"Galactic Panspermia", Universe Today (October 13, 2018).

*"Was the Universe Finely Tuned?", Closer to Truth (October 8, 2018).

*"Potential Trouble for Life on Icy Moons", Sky & Telescope (October 4, 2018).

*"Risks for Life Near Quasars", Forbes Magazine (September 28, 2018).

*"Search for Aliens", Grapevine (September 28, 2018).

*"How to Search for Dead Cosmic Civilizations", Scientific American (September 27, 2018).

*"Extended Interview on Alien Civilizations", Event Horizon (September 24, 2018).

*"Starshot in Search for Extrasolar Life", The Harvard Crimson (September 24, 2018).

*"More Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts", NBC News (September 24, 2018).

*"Tweet about Public Lecture", Yuri Milner (September 22, 2018).

*"Public Lecture on the "Search for Primitive and Intelligent Life on Other Planets", Harvard-Smithsonian CfA (September 20, 2018).

*"Big-Bang or Bounce", Universe Today (September 20, 2018).

*"A New Test for the Leading Big Bang Theory", Quanta Magazine (September 11, 2018).

*"FRB 121102: New Bursts From Older Data", Centauri Dreams (September 11, 2018).

*"Philosophy and Science", Scientific American (September 10, 2018).

*"Testing Free Will With AI", Q&A Podcast with John Farrell, FQXi (August 30, 2018).

*"The Power of Anomalies", Scientific American (August 28, 2018).

*"Why Alien Civilizations May Be Moving To Galaxy Clusters", Event Horizon, YouTube (August 26, 2018).

*"Life Goes On: How Cosmic Doomsday Might Not be the End", Nature, Scientific Reports (August 23, 2018).

*"Are We Alone?", CNET (August 22, 2018).

*"Starshot", Paul Gilster, Centauri Dreams (August 17, 2018).

*"No Risk from Interstellar War", Forbes magazine (August 16, 2018).

*"Exoplanet Revolution", The Daily Galaxy (August 15, 2018).

*"Q&A Interview on Dwarf Stars and Ice Shells", by John Michael Godier, Event Horizon (August 13, 2018).

*"Q&A Interview on Exciting Frontiers in Astrophysics", by Fraser Cain, Universe Today (August 13, 2018).

*"Our Dialogue with Nature", Scientific American (August 10, 2018).

*"Science is an Infinite-Sum Game", Scientific American (July 31, 2018).

*"Where do ideas come from?", Scientific American (July 23, 2018).

*"Did the Dark Matter Have a Chilling Effect on the Early Universe?", Physics World (July 10, 2018).

*"Future of gravitational wave astrophysics", Banquet lecture of Nobel Laureate Rai Weiss, Harvard (posted on July 9, 2018).

*"Future of travel to interstellar space", Keynote Address to the Techniche 2018 Conference, India (July 3, 2018).

*"The first stars may shed light on dark matter", Physics (July 2, 2018).

*"The tools humanity will need for living in the year 1 trillion", Physics.org (June 26, 2018).

*"Finding fuel for our frigid cosmic future", Scientific American (June 26, 2018).

*"Journey to Proxima Centauri b", Grapevine (June 25, 2018).

*"On Galactic Migration", Centauri Dreams (June 22, 2018).

*"Cosmic Engineering and the Movement of Stars", Centauri Dreams (June 21, 2018).

*"New videos of Q&A interviews", Closer To Truth (June 10, 2018).

*"Testing Philosophy Through Experiments", Scientific American (June 7, 2018).

*"Breakthrough Starshot Update", Universe Today (June 7, 2018).

*"Are There Enough Chemicals on Icy Worlds to Support Life?", Universe Today (June 6, 2018).

*"New Light on Dark Matter", Harvard Gazette (May 30, 2018).

*"Middlewight Black Holes", Science Magazine (May 30, 2018).

*Keck Observatory Distinguished Public Lecture on "Habitability of the Universe", Hawaii (July 6, 2017).

*"Podcast on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life", Grapevine (May 22, 2018).

*"Discovery of an Interstellar Rock Near Jupiter", Salon (May 22, 2018).

*"Maybe We Could See a Singularity After All", Scientific American (May 22, 2018).

*"Sizes of Black Holes Throughout the Universe", AAS Nova (May 9, 2018).

*"Breakthrough Listen", Grapevine (May 9, 2018).

*"Love Poem for My Wife's Birthday (in hebrew)" (May 6, 2018).

*"Hawking's Last Paper", Newsweek (May 2, 2018).

*"Exoplanets: Optimizing the Target List", Centauri Dreams (May 1, 2018).

*"Where Should We Look for Life?", AAS Nova (April 25, 2018).

*"Escape from Proxima b", Scientific American (April 16, 2018).

*"Making Academia Matter Again", Project Syndicate (April 16, 2018).

*"To Infinity and Beyond: Avi Loeb on Finding Aliens and A New Earth", Podcast of an interview with Benyamin Cohen, From the Grapevine (April 10, 2018).

*"Is Humanity Unusual in the Cosmos?", NPR (April 2, 2018).

*"The First Suns", der Spiegel, Germany (March 2018).

*"My Academic DNA" (March 30, 2018).

*"Celebration of 600th paper", ITC (March 30, 2018).

*"The Star of the Seder", cover story in La'Isha, Israel (March 26, 2018).

*"Bloxham to Step Down as Dean of Science", Harvard Crimson (March 22, 2018).

*"Remembrance of Stephen Hawking at the Black Hole Initiative", Harvard Crimson (March 21, 2018).

*"Comments About Hawking", Newsweek (March 17, 2018).

*"Would Alien Civilizations be Rich?", Newsweek (March 15, 2018).

*"He Cast Light Into Darkest Recesses of the Cosmos", Boston Globe (March 15, 2018).

*"Astronomers and Physicists Remember Stephen Hawking", Popular Mechanics (March 14, 2018).

*"Stephen Hawking and the Nobel Prize", Associated Press (March 14, 2018).

*"TV interview about Stephen Hawking", Associated Press (March 14, 2018).

*"For E.T. Civilizations, Location Could be Everything", Scientific American (March 13, 2018).

*"Discovery of the First Stars", CNN (March 6, 2018).

*"Do Aliens Exist?", Newsweek - cover story (March 1, 2018).

*"First Stars", Science News (Feb 28, 2018).

*Twitter card, Associated Press (Feb 28, 2018).

*"Black Hole Bursts Turn Mini-Neptunes to Super-Earths", Space.com (Feb 27, 2018).

*"Conversation with Nobel Laureate, Rai Weiss", (Feb 15, 2018).

*"Renewing the Contract of Academia with Society" (Feb 14, 2018).

*"Origins of Life and `Oumuamua", Gizmodo (Feb 8, 2018).

*"Interstellar asteroids", Newsweek (Feb 2, 2018).

*"ITC Luncheon", The Harvard Crimson (Feb 1, 2018).

*"Starshot", Forbes (Jan 31, 2018).

*"Solar Flares May Seed Life", New Scientist (Jan 19, 2018).

*"Are Alien Civilizations Technologically Advanced?", Scientific American (Jan 8, 2018).

*"Search for Alien Life", Grapevine (Jan 3, 2018).

*"Are we Alone in the Universe?- Part II", Radio interview (Jan 1, 2018).

*"Are we Alone in the Universe?- Part I", Radio interview (Dec 29, 2017).

*"Panspermia", Newsweek (Dec 21, 2017).

*"The Search for Life", DailyPlanet, Discovery Channel, Canada (Dec 14, 2017).

*"Asteroid or alien?", CNN interview (Dec 12, 2017).

*'Oumuamua, Radio interview (Dec 12, 2017).

*"Mysterious Interstellar Object", The Atlantic (Dec 11, 2017).

*"The Case for Cosmic Modesty", TEDx Harvard College (Dec 5, 2017).

*"Subsurface Life on Icy Worlds", Universe Today (Dec 3, 2017).

*"Breakthrough Prize Ceremony", Palo Alto (Dec 3, 2017).

*"The first Black Holes Mergers in the Infant Universe", Physics.Org (Nov 30, 2017).

*"Breakthrough Starshot", Harvard Crimson (Nov 2, 2017).

*"Future Solar Storms Could Cause Devastating Damage", Scientific American (Oct 18, 2017).

*Our volnurability to solar flares will increase in the future", Radio interview (Oct 17, 2017).

*"Collision of neutron stars produces gold", Mashable (Oct 14, 2017).

*"Stargazing", TEDx Harvard College (Oct 14, 2017).

*"Mass of the Milky Way from Hypervelocity Stars", Universe Today (Oct 4, 2017).

*"Fast Radio Bursts Every Second" (Sep 21, 2017).

*"The Hunt for Alien Life", Australian Broadcasting Corporation (August 29, 2017).

*Q&A Podcast with Astronomy Magazine (August 14, 2017).

*"Breakthrough Starshot successfully launches world's smallest spacecraft", The Guardian (July 28, 2017).

*"To Infinity and Beyond", From the Grapevine (August 2, 2017).

*"Starshot Updates", Q & A ExoLife interview for the PLANETS Foundation (July 26, 2017).

*"Tides Boost the Prospects for Life", Gizmodo (July 20, 2017).

*"The Resilience of Life to Astrophysical Catastrophes", Science magazine; Gizmodo; Washington Post; BBC Interview (at the 26 minute mark); The Atlantic (July 14, 2017).

*"More to Life than the Habitable Zone", Scientific American (July 19, 2017).

*The Starshot Initiative, Popular Moechanics (July 11, 2017).

*Hawaii newspaper reports on Keck Observatory public lecture (July 9, 2017).

*KBIG Radio interview about "Habitability of Our Universe", Hawaii (July 7, 2017).

*"Cosmic Modesty in a Fecund Universe", Centauri Dreams (June 30, 2017).

*"The Case for Cosmic Modesty", Scientific American (June 28, 2017).

*"All Eyes on Proximan Centauri b", PNAS (June 27, 2017).

*"Transfer of Life Among the TRAPPIST-1 Planets", Astronomy magazine (June 14, 2017).

*"Is the life around the nearest stars?", Red Dots (June 13, 2017).

*"Supermassive Black Holes May Sterilize Nearby Planets", Scientific American (May 30, 2017).

*News article from 1989 at the start of Loeb's career (quoted in a new book, just published in 2017).

*"Podcast on the search for life", interview by Duncan Russell starts at 13.30 minutes (May 26, 2017).

*"Is Inflation a Predictive Scientific Theory?", Scientific American (May 9, 2017).

*"Search for Alien Signals", New Scientist (April 26, 2017).

*Breakthrough Starshot, interview for the weekly science podcast of the Guardian, UK (April 20, 2017).

*"A Trip to Proxima b" (a profile article in hebrew), Yekum Tarbut magazine (April 13, 2017).

*Fast Radio Bursts, TV interview for Discovery/Canada science program (April 7, 2017).

*Optimal design of light sails; News report (March 21, 2017).

*Spread of Life Between the TRAPPIST-1 Planets; News report (March 10, 2017).

*"Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails"; NPR interview; BBC interview; The Economist; The Huffington Post ; (March 15, 2017).

*Black Hole Initiative featured on the JTF website (March 1, 2017).

*Latest study of the "Sandage-Loeb Test" (March 15, 2017).

*Podcast interview about "Life in the Universe" (February 22, 2017).

*"A Cell Phone Search for FRBs" (February 14, 2017).

*"A Black Hole in the Glubular Cluster 47 Tucanae", Nature (February 9, 2017).

*"Back to Basics" (February 4, 2017).

*"Farthest Stars in Milky Way Might Be Ripped from Another Galaxy" (January 11, 2017).

*"Astrophysical Russian Dolls", a commentary in Nature Astronomy (January 4, 2017).

*News report about Starshot lecture at the Calcalist conference "Forecasts 2017" (in hebrew; January 1, 2017).

*Podcast for the John Batchelor Show, "From the First Star to Milkomeda", (December 17, 2016).

*"Pop Goes the Universe", Scientific American (2017).

*Project Starshot: Visiting the Nearest Star Within Our Lifetime" CfA colloquium (December 1, 2016).

*Podcast of radio interview in the John Batchelor Show (November 30, 2016).

*Podcast for Nature magazine entitled: "Keep an Open Mind", starts at 15:10 minutes (November 3, 2016).

*"Good Data Are Not Enough", Nature (November 3, 2016).

*"Imaging of Proxima b", Gizmodo (October 14, 2016).

*"How to See Proxima b", Scientific American (September 29, 2016).

*"Interstellar travel", radio interview with John Catsimatidis (September 9, 2016).

*"The `Earth next door' may have a cozy atmosphere" Business Insider (September 9, 2016).

*Podcast of interview with Tamara LePine-Williams on Classic FM Radio, South Africa (September 8, 2016).

*"How we will get our first clue about life in Proxima b", Gizmodo (August 30, 2016).

*TV interview on the discovery of Proxima b, i24news (August 25, 2016).

*Audio interview by Howard Hughes, UK National Radio Station (August 14, 2016).

*Podcast on "The Future Universe - Teeming with Life?", in SparkDialog by Elizabeth Fernandez (August 15, 2016).

*Video of keynote lecture entitled "Innovation and Risk", given at the Breakthrough Discuss conference in stanford on April 15, 2016.

*Likelihood of Life as a Function of Cosmic Time (August 1, 2016).

*Press release on Direct Collapse Black Holes (July 6, 2016).

*TV interview on the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, newTV (June 22, 2016).

*Universe's first life might have been born on carbon planets (June 9, 2016).

*Article about Breakthrough Starshot (in hebrew), Calcalist (May 5, 2016).

*Stephen Hawking's speech at Passover dinner in Loeb's home, Scientific American (April 22, 2016).

*"The Black Hole Initiative", Smithsonian magazine (April 18, 2016).

*"Destination: Nearest Star", Q & A at the Harvard Gazette (April 15, 2016).

*Video of announcement of Breakthrough Starshot with Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking (April 12, 2016).

*"Reaching for the Stars, Across 4.37 Light Years", New York Times (April 12, 2016).

*"Revealing the Universe's Mysterious Dark Age", NOVA NEXT (April 6, 2016).

*Podcast by Scientific American about the LIGO event (March 30, 2016).

*Q & A with Avi Loeb and Meg Urry, moderated by Claudia Dreifus, during the "Seven Days of Genius" Festival at 92Y in New York City (March 7, 2016).

*LIGO's black holes may have lived and died inside a huge star (2/2016).

*LIGO discovery, ITC luncheon (2/2016).

*Search for aliens, Boston Globe (2/2016).

*Physics in 1 Trillion Years, NOVA, PBS (2/2016).

*LIGO discovery, Boston.com (2/2016).

*"The Hunt for Dwarf Galaxies Ancestors", AAS Nova (1/2016).

*Launch of new book in hebrew, entitled "From the First Star to the End of Time", Tel Aviv University (12/2015).

*"Fast Radio Bursts Mystery", Scientific American (12/2015).

*"The Archaeology of Stars", cover story of Discover magazine (12/2015).

*"Black Holes", video of lecture at GR@100, IAS, Princeton (11/2015).

*"Promoting Diversity in Faculty Searches", see minute 47 and later in the video (10/15).

*Celebration of 500th paper with my research group (10/15).

*"Cosmic Dawn" Horizon episode broadcasted by BBC TWO (9/15) ; inspired by Loeb's Scientific American article from 2006

*Observational test for the spread of life between stars (panspermia), Discover magazine (8/15); original paper

*SETI of Leakage from Light Sails in Exoplanetary Systems, Popular Mechanics (8/15); original paper

*"Superstars of Astronomy", Astronomy Magazine (5/15)

*"Cosmic Dawn", BBC (8/15)

*Breakthrough Initiatives in the Search for Life, TIME (7/15)

*"How Avi Loeb did not become a philosopher. Or did he?", a tweet by John Preskill (7/15)

*"Are we alone?", Scientific American (8/15)

*"Astronomers Glimpse Very First Stars in the Universe", National Geographic (6/15)

*"Abundant Water in the First Billion Years", Press Release (4/15)

*"Fostering Talent", Physics World (4/15)

*"Is Avi Right?", George Efstathiou, click on 17:00 (4/15)

*"SKA Headquarters", Physics World (4/15) ; Nature (3/15)

*"The Dark Lab", Science Magazine (3/15)

*"Gigantic Black Hole Discovered from the Dawn of Time", National Geographic (2/15)

*Detecting Gravitational Waves with Atomic Clocks", Smithsonian magazine (2/15)

*Essay on "How to collect matches that will catch fire"; News report in Italian (2/15)

*BBC filming for Horizon program on the first stars (1/15)

*"Black hole binary", NY Times (1/15)

*Two of Loeb's students, Henry Lin and Tony Pan, are featured in Forbes magazine list of "30 under 30 in Science" (1/15)

*"Relativistic stars", TIME magazine (12/14)

*"Much-Discussed Views that Go Way Back", New York Times (12/14)

*Q\&A for FAS Dean's Report (2014).

*Biographical sketch (2014).

*Milky Way's Black Hole, Space.com (11/14)

*Trip through wormholes, Smithsonian Magzine (11/14)

*TV interview by Douglas Kennedy (10/14)

*Q&A interview on pages 22 and 23 of the 2014 Harvard's FAS Dean's Report (10/14)

*"The Lost Donkeys of Science", Project Syndicate (10/14)

*Public Lecture on "New Search Methods for Primitive and Intelligent Life Far from Earth" ; Harvard Crimson report ; Harvard Gazette report ; Astronomy magazine report (10/14)

*"Pollution on Other Worlds May Show Advanced Alien Life", ApJL ; TIME Magazine article (7/14) ; NPR interview (8/14)

*"Interplanetary World Cup", Sports Illustrated (6/14)

*"Galactic Collision Gave Andromeda Its Arms", Nature (6/14)

*"On the Benefits of Promoting Diversity of Ideas", Nature Physics (9/14) ; INAF article (in Italian)

*Collision between the Milky Way and Andromeda, National Geographic (3/14)

*Cosmic Dawn, Scientific American (4/14)

*Theory of everything, Space.com (3/14)

*Interviews on cosmology, "Closer to Truth" (3/14)

*Hunt for Rogue black holes, Space.com (3/14)

*TV interview about the Big Bang (in hebrew), Channel 2, Israel (3/14)

*Big Bang Theory, Smithsonian Magazine (3/14) , in New Scientist , in Harvard Gazette, and public lecture (2/14)

*Review of book on First Galaxies, Physics Today (2/14)

*The latest snack of SgrA*, NY Times (2/14) ; and PBS Newshour (3/14)

*Creativity in science, NPR (2/14)

*"Closing the Window on Primordial Black Holes as Dark Matter" ; see report in Nature (1/14) , or in New Scientist (2/14)

*"Insights on Supermassive Black Holes", Nature (1/14)

*"Fast Radio Bursts Might Come from Nearby Stars" ; see press release (12/13)

*"The Habitable Epoch of the Early Universe" ; see report in Nature (12/13) , radio interview (3/14) , in Space.com (1/14) , in Slate magazine (2/14) and in Ciel \& Espace (French, 2/14)

*"Chasing Avi Through Outer Space Media", by Charlie Petit (12/13)

*"The 25 Most Influential People in Space", by TIME Magazine. (12/12)



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Books authored by Loeb:



Opinion Essays Essays by Loeb on the promotion of innovation, diversity and excellence.
Curriculum Vitae Current biographical information as well as a listing of all publications.
Confirmed predictions Top twelve confirmed predictions.
Publications on `Oumuamua Links to Loeb's publications on `Oumuamua.
Astro-ph Publication Search Search of the astro-ph archives for Prof. Loeb's scientific publications.
ADS Publication Search Search of the ADS abstract database for Prof. Loeb's scientific publications.
Books "From the First Star to Milkomeda", A. Loeb (Kindle, 2015).

"From the First Star to the End of Time" (in hebrew), A. Loeb (Carmel Publishing House, Israel 2015).

"The First Galaxies in the Universe", A. Loeb & S. Furlanetto (Princeton University Press, 2012).

"How Did The First Stars and Galaxies Form?", A. Loeb (Princeton University Press, 2010).

"First Light in the Universe", A. Loeb, A. Ferrara, & R. S. Ellis (Springer-Verlag, 2008).
Scientific American Loeb's articles in Scientific American.
Reaching for the Stars Review article for SciTech Europa Quarterly Magazine, PEN (July 2017).
Search for Life Review article for Science & Technology Magazine, PEN (July 2017).
Career Path Autobiographical sketch of Loeb's career path (November 2015).
WSJ Profile Loeb's profile the Wall Street Journal (February 2019).
Ha'aretz Profile Loeb's views on innovation in science in Ha'aretz Magazine (January 2019).
Science Profile Overview of Loeb's career path in Science Magazine (April 2013).
Discover Profile Overview of Loeb's contributions to studies of the first galaxies in Discover Magazine (April 2014).
TIME Profile Articles about Loeb's research in TIME Magazine.
New York Times Profile A conversation with Claudia Dreifus (December 2014).
Graduate Students List of current and former graduate students.

Video segments of Loeb's students (2014).
Webcasted Lectures and Interviews *"Extraterrestrial Life", Svein Rosseland Prize Lecture, University of Oslo (March 21, 2019).

*"Exciting Frontiers in Space Research", interview by Stephen Ibaraki, Association for Computer Machinery (February 19, 2019).

*"Breaking the Walls of the Solar System" "Falling Walls" conference, Berlin, Germany (November 9, 2018).

*Alien Intelligences, interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (March 11, 2019).

*The Ultimate Questions, interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (February 11, 2019).

*Inflation and the Multiverse, interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (December 10, 2018).

*"What Happens in Black Holes" interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (October 25, 2018).

*"Long Term Evolution of the Universe" interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (October 25, 2018).

*"Future of Cosmology" interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (October 25, 2018).

*"Ultimate Questions" interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (October 25, 2018).

*"Anthropic Principle" interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (October 25, 2018).

*"Alien Intelligence" interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (October 25, 2018).

*"Life in the Cosmos" interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (October 16, 2018).

*"Was the Universe Finely Tuned?" interview by Robert Kuhn in "Closer to Truth" (October 8, 2018).

*"Observatory Night" Public Lecture on "The Search for Primitive and Intelligent Life on Other Planets", Harvard University (September 20, 2018).

*"Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations" extended interview by Jean Michael Godier, "Event Horizon" (September 20, 2018).

*Keynote Address to the Techniche 2018 Conference, India on "Future of travel to interstellar space", India (July 3, 2018).

*Keck Observatory Distinguished Public Lecture on "Habitability of the Universe", Hawaii (July 8, 2017).

*Q&A public forum entitled: "Cosmic Modesty", New York City (June 16, 2017).

*"The Case for Cosmic Modesty", TEDx talk at Harvard College (Oct 14, 2017).

*Video of CfA Colloquium on "Project Starshot: Visiting the Nearest Star Within Our Lifetime", December 1, 2016.

*Colloquium entitled "Habitability of our Universe", Institute for Astronomy, Honolulu, Hawaii (July 5, 2017).

*Lecture about Starshot at "Beyond the Cradle" conference, MIT (March 12, 2017).

*Video of talk in hebrew at the Calcalist conference on "Forecasts 2017", Tel Aviv, December 28, 2016.

*Video of public lecture in hebrew at Tel Aviv University, December 28, 2016.

*Video of keynote lecture entitled "Innovation and Risk", given at the Breakthrough Discuss conference in Stanford on April 15, 2016.

*TV interview on the Brakthrough Starshot Initiative, newTV (June 22, 2016).

*"Black Holes", video of lecture at GR@100, IAS, Princeton (November 6, 2015).

*"From the First Star to the End of Time", video of public lecture about Loeb's new book (in hebrew) at Tel Aviv University (December 30, 2015).

"Advanced Topics in Black Hole Research", colloquium at Harvard's Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications (February 18, 2015).

"New Search Methods for Primitive and Intelligent Life Far From Earth", Public lecture at Harvard's Science Center (September 23, 2014).

"Are We Alone? The Search for Extraterrestrial Life", Public lecture in hebrew at Tel Aviv University (December, 2014).

"Interview on The Search for Extraterrestrial Life", Serious-Science, Moscow, Russia (June 17, 2014).

"Interview on The First Stars and Galaxies", Serious-Science, Moscow, Russia (June 17, 2014).

"Advances in Probing the Spacetime Near Astrophysical Black Holes", Sommerfeld Theory Colloquium, LMU, Munich, Germany (June 18, 2014).

"Are Fast Radio Bursts Galactic or Cosmological?", Phillips auditorium (May 7, 2014).

"Interview on The Habitability of the Early Universe", Stuart Davis Media (March 28, 2014).

"The Scientific Story of Genesis", Harvard College Observatory Night (Feb. 20, 2014).

*Interviews on cosmology, "Closer to Truth" (March 2014)


Harvard conferences organized by Loeb May, 2000: "The First Generation of Cosmic Structures"

May, 2002: "Gamma-Ray Bursts: The Brightest Explosions in the Universe"

May, 2004: "Astrophysics of Planetary Systems"

May, 2006: "The History of Nuclear Black Holes in Galaxies"

May, 2008: "21cm Cosmology"

May, 2010: "Dynamics from the Galactic Center to the Milky Way Halo"

May, 2011: "Hydrogen Cosmology"

May 14-17, 2012: "Testing General Relativity with Astrophysical Systems"

May 19-22, 2014: "Debates on the Nature of Dark Matter"

May 16-19, 2016: "The Transient Sky"

May 8-9, 2017: "Black Hole Initiative 2017 Conference"

May 7-9, 2018: "Gravitational Wave Astrophysics"

May 9-11, 2018: "Black Hole Initiative 2018 Conference"
Press Releases Links to old press releases and science news articles.
Scientific Images Simulation of the collision between the Milky-Way and Andromeda, and a brief summary of the future of the Universe and the appearance of the black hole at the center of our galaxy
Photos A collection of personal photos.



*"21-cm Cosmology", invited review for Reports on Progress in Physics (9/11)

*"Let There be Light", invited review for UNESCO EOLSS encyclopedia (4/08)

*"The Physics and Early History of the Intergalactic Medium", Reports on Progress in Physics (11/06)

*"First Light" (book), SAAS-Fee Winter School (4/06)

*"The Reionization of the Universe by the First Stars and Quasars", Annual Reviews of Astronomy & Astrophysics (10/00)

*"In the Beginning: The First Sources of Light and the Reionization of the Universe", Physics Reports (10/00)


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