Avi Loeb is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, founder and director of the Harvard Black Hole Initiative, and director of the Institute for Theory and Computing at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is on the Starshot Project advisory board, is Director of Science for the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and a member of the Academy of Physics and Astronomy. He is a member of the American Academics of Arts & Science group, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. He has published four academic books and 700 scientific publications on the birth of stars, black holes, the future of the universe, and the search for extraterrestrial life. In 2012, Time magazine selected him as one of the most influential people in the field of outer space.
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