A pioneer in exoplanet research, Professor Sara Seager is a leading light in planetary science, a passionate science communicator and a best selling author.
Sara Seager is a pioneering astrophysicist and planetary scientist and a Professor at MIT. Her main research goal is to find and identify another Earth. For several decades she has been at the forefront of research into the vast and unknown world of exoplanets, planets that orbit stars other than the sun, but also looks at planets closer to home for signs and conditions for life, including our sister planet, Venus.
In addition to her research and teaching, Sara is a brilliant science communicator with a passion for bringing the excitement of space to a broader audience. She is the best selling author of three books including a beautiful personal memoir about her own experience studying the vastness of the universe made her consider her own life - ’The Smallest Lights in the Universe: a Memoir’. Other books include ‘Exoplanets and the Search For Habitable Worlds’, and ‘Exoplanet Atmospheres: Physical Processes. As one of the most senior female academics in the Planetary Science world, Sara is also an advocate and activist for diversity and female leadership in space science.