Seth claims to have developed an interest in extraterrestrial life at the tender age of ten, when he first picked up a book about the Solar System. This innocent beginning eventually led to a degree in radio astronomy, and now, as Senior Astronomer, Seth is an enthusiastic participant in the Institute’s SETI observing programs.
While Shostak and SETI do not investigate UFO or UAP sightings, he has given lectures around the world about the scientific search and research for the existence of extraterrestrial life. He hosts SETI's weekly radio show/podcast Big Picture Science, has played himself numerous times in TV and internet film dramas, and has acted in several science fiction films.
Seth is regularly involved educational outreach activities: interesting the public – and especially young people – in science in general, and astrobiology in particular. He’s co-authored a college textbook on astrobiology, and has written three trade books on SETI. In addition, he’s published more than 400 popular articles on science including regular contributions to NBC News MACH, gives many dozens of talks annually, and is the host of the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, "Big Picture Science."
Recognitions and Awards
Carl Sagan Award for the Popularization of Science
Klumpke Roberts Award for Astronomy Popularization