Douglas Vakoch
#11909 Overall Influence

Douglas Vakoch

American astrobiologist

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Douglas Vakoch is an American astrobiologist, search for extraterrestrial intelligence researcher, psychologist, and president of METI International, a nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to transmitting intentional signals to extraterrestrial civilizations. Vakoch led METI's participation in Sónar Calling GJ 273b, which transmitted a series of interstellar messages to Luyten's Star, located 12.4 light years from Earth. Vakoch advocates ongoing transmission projects, arguing that this does not increase risks of an alien invasion as suggested by British cosmologist Stephen Hawking. He has participated in several SETI observation programs, and after sixteen years at the SETI Institute, where he was director of Interstellar Message Composition, Vakoch founded METI International. He has edited over a dozen books in SETI, astrobiology, the psychology of space exploration, and ecocriticism. He is general editor of two book series in ecocriticism and in the intersection of space and society. Vakoch has appeared widely on television and radio as a commentator on SETI and astrobiology. He is an emeritus professor of clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies .

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Carleton College
Carleton College

Liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota

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University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame

Catholic university in Notre Dame, Indiana, United States

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Stony Brook University

Public university in Stony Brook, New York, United States

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#1359 World Rank #767 USA Rank
Psychology
#10003 World Rank #2501 USA Rank
Physics