Dava Sobel (born June 15, 1947) is an American writer of popular
expositions of scientific topics. Her books include Longitude, about
English clockmaker John Harrison, and Galileo's Daughter, about
Galileo's daughter Maria Celeste, and The Glass Universe: How the
Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.
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Sobel was born on June 15, 1947, in The Bronx, New York City. She
The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton
University. She wrote Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who
Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time in 1995. The story
was made into a television movie, of the same name by Charles
Sturridge and Granada Film in 1999, and was shown in the United States
Her book Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith,
and Love was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or
She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of
Bath and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002.
Sobel made her first foray into teaching at the University of Chicago
as the Vare Writer-in-Residence in the winter of 2006. She taught a
one-quarter seminar on writing about science.
She served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science
Writing Award in 2012.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest
Scientific Problem of His Time (1995) ISBN 1-85702-571-7.
OCLC 909490210 – the genius in question was John Harrison, who
spent decades trying to convince the
British Admiralty of the accuracy
of his naval timepieces and their use in determining longitude when at
sea in order to win the longitude prize. The book itself won the 1997
British Book of the Year award.
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
(2000) ISBN 0-14-028055-3
The Best American Science Writing 2004 (editor)
ISBN 9780060726409, OCLC 916515131
The Planets: A discourse on the discovery, science, history and
mythology, of the planets in our solar system, with one chapter
devoted to each of the celestial spheres. (2005)
ISBN 1-85702-850-3, OCLC 77646686
A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.
Bloomsbury Publishing. 4 October 2011.
ISBN 978-0-8027-7893-2. OCLC 819387028
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the
Measure of the Stars (2016) ISBN 9780143111344,
30935 Davasobel is named after her.
Sobel states she is a chaser of solar eclipses and that "it's the
closest thing to witnessing a miracle". As of August 2012 she had seen
eight, and planned to see the November 2012 total solar eclipse in
^ Sobel, Dava. "Self-Portrait". Retrieved December 26, 2013.
^ "The Pulitzer Prizes: Biography or Autobiography". Retrieved
Dava Sobel Biography". Archived from the original on December 6,
^ "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American
Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
^ Moore, Patrick (2 September 2005). "Review: The Planets by Dava
Sobel". The Guardian.
^ Brown, Helen (11 October 2011). "Review: A More Perfect Heaven: How
Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos by Dava Sobel". The
^ "30935 Davasobel",
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Small-Body Database
^ "Jennifer Byrne Presents: Dava Sobel". Retrieved August 29,
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dava Sobel.
Dava Sobel on IMDb
Dava Sobel discussing The Origins of
Longitude at the
Shanghai International Literary Festival
Appearances on C-SPAN
Booknotes interview with Sobel on Longitude, January 17, 1999
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