Dava Sobel

Dava Sobel ( born June 15, 1947 in the Bronx, New York City ) is an American writer. She works as a science editor at the New York Times and has become known for her popular science books in Europe. She has published numerous articles in journals such as Harvard Magazine, Life and The New Yorker. Dava Sobel lives in New York City.

Galileo's daughter describes the relationship between Galileo and his daughter Celeste, who lived in a monastery. The surviving letters of father and daughter document the contradictions between science and religion. For this book, she was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Longitude tells the story of the clockmaker John Harrison, who had set itself the goal to construct a sea sufficiently accurate continuous clock. The book was made ​​into a film starring Michael Gambon and Jeremy Irons in 1999 for television.

The asteroid ( 30935 ) Davasobel was named after her in 2005.


  • Galileo's Daughter, A history of science, the stars and the Love (Original 1999 udT Galileo 's Daughter A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love. ) Dt Berlin: Berlin Verlag, 1999, ISBN 3-442-72296-9. .
  • Longitude. The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem which his time. 1st edition. Bloomsbury Publishing Paperback, 2005 ( Original title: Longitude, translated by Matthias Fienbork ), ISBN 978-38333-0271-8.
  • The Planets (2005 German: Berlin: Berlin Verlag, 2005; Taschenbuchausg. Berlin: Berliner Taschenbuch Verlag, July 2007, with a current Afterword to the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet. ). ISBN 3-8270-0267-2.
  • And the sun stood still: how Copernicus revolutionized our worldview. Berlin Verlag, 2012. ISBN 3827008948th
  • Signals from other worlds, the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence. ( with Frank Drake ). ISBN 3-88498-065-3.