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Dava Sobel

Joan Leiman Jacobson Visiting Nonfiction Writer

email Send E-mail office Office: Pierce Hall 205 phone Phone: 585-3108

Office hours for Spring 2014: T 4:00-5:00, W 12:00-1:00 & by appt.

Science writer Dava Sobel is the author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, The Planets and A More Perfect Heaven. She worked as a reporter for the science section of The New York Times, a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine, a columnist for Discover and spent many years as a full-time free-lance magazine writer before she discovered that writing books was more fun. Sobel has also written a play about Copernicus, called "And the Sun Stood Still," which will have its first fully staged production in spring 2014 with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company in Colorado.

Before coming to Smith, Sobel enjoyed two other similar teaching positions—as the Robert Vare Nonfiction Writer-in-Residence at the University of Chicago in 2006 and as the Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar at Mary Baldwin College (Staunton, VA) in 2011.

Sobel's current book project, tentatively titled The Glass Universe, concerns the women who worked as computers for the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1870s through the early 20th century (several of them were Smithies!). More information about Dava Sobel is available on her website, davasobel.com.