Born: 1944

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Education: Ph.D. in Astronomy

Occupation: Astronomer; Former Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute 

Expeditions: Chasing after signals from distant technologies at radio telescopes around the globe

Favorite Places to Be: At the Allen Telescope Array in Hat Creek, CA or flying N3886P with my husband Jack

Best Discovery: Is yet to come – Are we alone?

Favorite Items in the Field: Laptop computer, samba music, teapot

Personal Heroes: Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who coined the phrase “bug” for a computer problem and who claimed that “It is better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.” And also, Margaret Burbidge, an astronomer who single-handedly opened up the mountain top observatories to women

Hobbies: Dancing, flying, sewing, and grandfathering

Website: www.seti.org

Advice: Remember Admiral Hopper!