Dava Sobel

Joan Leiman Jacobson Visiting Nonfiction Writer

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2016:

Monday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. 

Or by appointment.

Pierce Hall 205



B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton


Dava Sobel worked as a reporter for the science section of The New York Times, a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine and a columnist for Discover, and spent many years as a full-time freelance 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 had 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.

Selected Publications


Galileo's Daughter

The Planets

A More Perfect Heaven

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!).