Professor Avi Loeb  

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Avi Loeb at the CURIOUS 2024 Conference in Mainz, Germany. (Image credit: Peter Reynders, July 11, 2024).

Avi Loeb at the CISO summit at 1440 Multiversity. (Image credit: Ilan Fisher, June 17, 2024).

Avi Loeb and Merav Opher discussing their paper on the collision of the Solar system with a dense interstellar cloud a few million years ago, published in Nature. (Image credit: Kris Snibbe, Harvard Gazette, June 10, 2024).

Birthday cake on February 26, 2024.

Harvard Office, Cambridge MA (April, 2024).

TOA 2024 Conference, Berlin, Germany (June 5, 2024).

TED Talk, Vancouver, Canada (April 17, 2024).

Keynote Lecture on "The Next Copernican Revolution" in Torun, Poland on February 18, 2024. Images credit: Instytut B61, Adrian Chmielewski.

Munich Security Conference (Credit: Corinna Hoyer and Rolf Dobelli, February 16, 2024).

With daughter Lotem Loeb, 1st Year student at Harvard College (Credit: Klil Loeb on February 8, 2024).

Credit: Brian Dobbs (October 21, 2023).

Credits: Andreas Leiner (left, March 2022); Jake Belcher (center, September 2023); Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (right, November 2022).

Credit: Alon Skuy (February 1, 2024).

TV Interview for ABC (Credit: Pulse Media; January 6, 2024).

With Professor Daniel Holz at the first nuclear reactor site of Enrico Fermi, University of Chicago (November 5, 2023).

Credit: Vincent Alban, Chicago Tribune (January 8, 2024).

Morning jog at sunrise along the Arlington bridge leading to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC (Credit: Jason Kohn/Netflix; December 5, 2023).

Visit to Geneva, Switzerland as the Distinguished John Grace Lecturer at CERN (Credit: Loeb's photo collection; November 28, 2023).

Credit: Clas Svahn (November 17, 2023).

Credit: Chris Michel (October 4, 2023).

Sde Boker, Israel (December 30, 2023).

Credit: Joe Bryant (September 30, 2023).

Exhibit by Herlinde Koelbl at UC Berkeley (September 27, 2023).

Credits: Santiago Saldivar (Harvard Crimson, September 20, 2023).

Credits: Anibal Martel (Getty Images, August 2023).

Interstellar Expedition, Papua New Guinea (June 14-28).

Credit: WORLD.MINDS Annual Conference, Zurich, Switzerland (March 2023).

Top: Mother's Day (Harvard Faculty Club, May 14, 2023); Bottom: College Graduation Day (UMass, May 26, 2023).

With Jim Hart, script writer for the movie "Contact" (Harvard Club, R360 Lecture, New York City; April 4, 2023).

With Rolf Dobelli and Kipper Blakeley, leaders of WORLD.MINDS; Credit: Rolf Dobelli (March 27, 2023).

Credit: Jon Chase, Harvard Gazette (February 24, 2023).

Interview at the Great Refractor; Credit: Mia Lee (April 1, 2023).

Necker Island (February 11-15, 2023).

With the infrared and optical cameras of the Galileo Project Observatory (January 23, 2023).

Family photo, Tel Aviv (December 31, 2022).

Palm Desert Summit (November 12, 2022).

Thanksgiving Dinner (November 24, 2022).

World Leadership Conference of the International Women Forum, Las Vegas (with Vanessa Wyche, Jeanne Meserve, and Katya Wildgen; November 3, 2022).

Avi Loeb with Ethan Klein after recording the h3 podcast in Los Angeles (November 4, 2022).

Credit: Institute for Theory & Computation (October 11, 2022).

Opening of photo exhibit by Herlinde Koelbl in Tokyo (October 17, 2022).

Opening of photo exhibit by Herlinde Koelbl at MIT (October 6, 2022).

SALT Conference, Javits Center, New York City (September 14, 2022).

With Amir Siraj (September 15, 2022).

Gaia Productions Interview, Boulder, Colorado (August 26-27, 2022).

Galileo Project Conference, Harvard (August 1-3, 2022).

Discovery Channel, Australia (July 2, 2022).

"From the First Stars to Intelligent Life", 60th Birthday Conference, Martha's Vineyard (June 6-9, 2022).

Credit: Galileo Project member and former Rear Admiral and NOAA Head, Tim Gallaudet (May 17, 2022).

Bitcoin 2022 Conference (April 8, 2022).

(Personal Collection; Credit: Leslie Kean; March 19, 2022).

With author Leslie Kean at the observers seats of the Great Refractor telescope, Harvard College Observatory Credit: Personal Collection (March 19, 2022).

New Year Eve. Credit: Lotem Loeb (December 31, 2021).

Walk around Walden Pond with France Cordova, former NSF Director Credit: Private Collection (November 29, 2021).

Ignatius Forum, Washingtopn National Cathedral, with guests: Jeff Bezos (founder, Blue Origins), Avril Haines (Director of National Intelligence), Avi Loeb (Professor of Science, Harvard), Bill Nelson (Head, NASA) and David Wilkinson (Professor of Theology, Durham) Credit: Private Collection (November 10, 2021).

Boston Magazine Credit: Ken Richardson (November 1, 2021).

Public lecture, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA Credit: personal collection (October 18, 2021).

"60 Minutes", Australia Credit: personal collection (Rob Massey/Pulse Media; September 26, 2021).

Porch meeting with Todd Miller, Dan Levin, Sarafina DiFelice and Jason Spingarn-Koff (Credit: personal collection; October 15, 2021).

Photo taken by a teacher, Jose Luke, during his high-school class in Spain (Credit: Jose Luke; October 8, 2021).

Smithsonian Magazine Profile (October 2021).

CBS Saturday Morning Credit: personal collection (Rob Massey/Pulse Media; February 8, 2021).

Ha'aretz , Credit: Moti Nimrod (2019).

New Year Eve. Credit: Lotem Loeb (December 31, 2020).

Thanksgiving. Credit: Lotem Loeb (November 26, 2020).

AMA Reddit Event. Credit: Lotem Loeb (November 4, 2020).

Book cover photos. Credit: Lotem Loeb (October 25, 2020).

"Fascination of Science" by Herlinde Koelbl. Exhibition featuring portraits of sixty of the world's most important natural scientists, at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities. Credit: Herlinde Koelbl (October 2, 2020).

Swearing In ceremony for PCAST. Credit: Lotem Loeb (June 30, 2020).

Painting for Father's Day by my daughter, Lotem. Credit: Lotem Loeb (June 21, 2020).

Back yard photos. Credit: Lotem Loeb (April 25, 2020).

"Searching in Deep Space", public lecture at "Long Now" (Boston MA). Credit: Loeb's photo collection (December 2, 2019).

"Extraterrestrial Life", Jefferson Society (Erie, PA). Credit: Loeb's photo collection (November 1, 2019).

"Breakthrough Initiatives", Overview by James Schalkwyk, Breakthrough Prize Foundation. Credit: Loeb's photo collection (October 24, 2019).

"Extraterrestrial", Reno Distinguished Lecture at Boston Museum of Science. Credit: Loeb's photo collection (October 16, 2019).

"Extraterrestrial Life", keynote lecture at New Scientist Live (London, UK). Credit: Loeb's photo collection (October 12, 2019).

"Beyond Science" panel discussion, The Atlantic Festival (Washington, DC). Credit: Loeb's photo collection (September 26, 2019).

Klil's High-School graduation and first parents visit to college. Credit: Loeb's photo collection (June 2 and October 19, 2019).

Harvard Crimson Interview. Credit: Delano Franklin (May 26, 2019).

Public Lecture at Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA. Credit: Fabio Pacucci (September 9, 2019).

Boston Globe. Credit: Lane Turner (April 3, 2019).

Washington Post. Credit: Adam Glanzman (Posted: March 27, 2019).

Plasma Art and Science Magazine Credit: Clemens Fantur (February 22, 2020).

Q&A at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University. Credit: Samantha Appleton (March 13, 2019).

"Times of Israel" interview. Credit: Rich Tenorrio (May 3, 2019).

"Humans To Mars Summit", Washington DC. Credit: Loeb photo collection (May 16, 2019).

Lecture by Prof. Noah Brosch at the Israeli Society for Astrobiology and the Origin of Life. Credit: Amri Wandel (February 26, 2019).

Svein Rosseland Prize Lecture, University of Oslo (March 21, 2019).

TV interview for ABC Chronicle. Credit: Loeb Photo Collection (January 13, 2019).

Interview for Wall Street Journal. Credit: Jason Grow (January 8, 2019).

Interview for der Spiegel, Germany. Credit: Shawn G. Henry (January 4, 2019).

Interview for Ha'aretz, Israel. Credit: Moti Milrod (January 2, 2019).

Interview for Washington Post. Credit: Adam Glanzman (February 4, 2019).

Interview for NBC, New England. Credit: Loeb photo collection (February 6, 2019).

Black Hole Initiative conference. Credit: Loeb photo collection (May 22, 2019).

Interview for Reddit. Credit: Loeb photo collection (February 1, 2019).

Lotem's Bat Mitzva. Credit: Loeb photo collection (December 27, 2018).

Interview for the Harvard Gazette. Credit: Olivia Falcigno (November 19, 2018).

Lecture at the "Falling Walls" Conference, Berlin, Germany. Credit: Emily Viglier (November 9, 2018).

Interview by Die Zeit, Berlin, Germany. Credit: Andrea Prost, Zeit Online (November 8, 2018).

Family Trip to New Hampshire. Credit: Lotem Loeb (September 8, 2018).

Newspaper interview. Credit: Peter Mueller, BILD Zeitung, Germany (November 8, 2018).

First Group Meeting of the Fall 2018 Semester. Credit: Mark Palmer (August 31, 2018).

Filming documentaries (2018). The last of six TV interviews over the month of July 2018 (with a filming team from the UK). Credit: Mark Palmer (July 26, 2018).

Filming documentaries (2015,2017).

Harvard Commencement 2018. Left: Loeb's graduating PhD students, Marion Dierickx and Pierre Christian. Right: the entire graduating class of the Astronomy department (May 24, 2018).

Left: Opening of the Annual Black Hole Initiative Conference; Right: With 2017 Nobel Laureate, Rai Weiss, at the banquet dinner (May 9, 2018). Credit: Mark Palmer (ITC).

Chairing the scientific advisory board for the Breakthrough Starshot initiative (April 11, 2018), and the publica announcement of Breakthrough Starshot (April 12, 2016). Credit: Loeb photo collection.

Podcast interview by Benyamin Cohen for Grapevine and the Einstein Project (February 19, 2018).

Left: Lecture at TEDx Harvard College (October 14, 2017); Credit: Nina Zonnevylle. Right: Interview for the "Living Universe"; Credit: Essential Media and Entertainment, Sydney, Australia (2017).

Thanksgiving dinner with Ofrit and friends at home (November 23, 2017).

Family trip to Hawaii (July 8, 2017).

Harvard visit of Nobel Laureate and President of the Australian National University , Brian Schmidt (February 7, 2018).

CfA Profile of Loeb. Credit: Blue Blazer Photos (February 2018).

Public lecture about the search for extraterrestrial life at the "Yellow Barn" (Vermont), with the label "Non Fiction" coincidentally on the library wall (July 20, 2019).

Breakthrough Discuss conference , Stanford University (April 2017).

Left: Lecture at "Beyond the Cradle" Conference at MIT (March 12, 2017); Credit: David Silverman. Right: The Black Hole Initiative (BHI) group photo (November 9, 2016); Credit: Nina Zonnevyle.

Begininng of the academic year celebration, Black Hole Initiative (October 3, 2017); Credit: CK Chen.

Photos from the inauguration of the Black Hole Initiative (April 2016). Credit: Anna Zytkow.

Photos with Ewine van Dishoeck and Tim de Zeeuw at the Breakthrough Prize Ceremony (December 4, 2016). Credit: Ewine van Dishoeck.

Photos from filming for "The Living Universe" documentary, produced by Essential Media, Sydney, Australia (October 2016). Credit: Marcus Gillezeau.

Left: Projection on the BBC studio wall during a TV interview on August 12, 2016; Credit: Katy Savage (BBC, London). Right: With Martin Rees at the board meeting of the Breakthrough Initiatives; credit: Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College, CA).

At the inauguration of Harvard's (April 18, 2016). Credit: Ofrit Liviatan

Public announcement of Breakthrough Starshot (April 12, 2016). With Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking, Freeman Dyson and Ann Druyan. Credits: Reuters and Getty Images. More photos are available at this webpage .

Dinner party in honor of Stephen Hawking at Cumrun Vafa's home (4/20/16). Credits: Lisa Cohen

Credits: Mac G. Schumer, Harvard Crimson (left); Kris Snibbe, Harvard Gazette (right)

Credit: Kris Snibbe (Harvard Staff Photographer)

Credits: Peter Pereira (at BBC filming)

Credits: Left - Jared Leeds (for NY Times); Right - Peter Pereira (at BBC filming)

Credit: Clive Grainger (CfA Public Affairs)

Credit: Clive Grainger (CfA Public Affairs)

Credit: Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Visit to Arecibo (July 2015)

Honorary degree dinner, Harvard University (May 28, 2015)

Visit of Yuri Milner and Pete Worden (2015).

Announcement of Breakthrough Initiatives (July 21, 2015)

Left: With Charles Alcock and the Giant Magellan Telescope in the background; credit: Jim Harrison (Harvard Magazine). Middle left: With Martin Rees on November 7, 2014; credit: Nina Zonnevylle (Harvard). Middle right: With Jim Peebles during a sabbatical at IAS, Princeton in 2002/3; credit: IAS. Right: With John and Neta Bahcall at IAS, Princeton in 2002/3.

Photos from the first reunion of the PhD alumni of the Harvard Astronomy department (April 5, 2013); credit: CfA Public Affairs. Left: Nobel laureates and former Harvard PhD students, Joe Taylor and Brian Schmidt, along with the 2013 graduate Nathan Sanders.

Credit: Popular Mechanics magazine, Russia (Left), Heather Walsh - Dox Productions, UK (Middle), Ruth Bazinet - CfA Public Affairs (Right).

Credit: Heather Walsh (Dox Productions, UK).

Click here for twelve high-resolution photos taken by the Smithsonian photographer Harold Dorwin (2006).

Click here for photos from the inaguration party of Harvard's Institute for Theory and Computation (October 15, 2005).

Induction to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (October 6, 2012). Photos with Ofrit (left) and Venky Narayamurti and David Spergel (right).

Click here for photos from my wedding with Ofrit, and photos with our daughters, Klil and Lotem.

Click here for recent photos of Klil and here for photos of her young sister Lotem

Left: At the conference "Growing Black Holes", 2004, with Martin Rees and Stuart Wyithe (with his back to the camera); Middle: at the first Sackler conference, 2000, with Jerry Ostriker (left), Martin Rees, Irwin Shapiro, and Raymond Sackler (right); Right: banquet dinner with Steven Weinberg (left) and Irwin Shapiro (middle).

At the Miller Symposium, June 2008, with Nima Arkani-Hamed (left).

Photos for the TIME Magazine cover story "Let There Be Light" (9/4/06), taken by Max Aguilera-Hellweg (permission required for public use).

With Harvard postdoctoral fellow, Volker Bromm, at the Great Refractor telescope (12/1/2001, Getty Images).

Left: Photo for the Harvard Gazette story "End of the Universe" (2/1/02), taken by Kris Snibbe (permission required for public use); Middle: Avi at a young age; Right: Photo from 1966 - Avi sits on the left next to his sister near his childhood home in Moshav Beit Hannan (from the Israeli National Photo Collection ). Click here for additional early photos of Avi.

Presentation by young Avi Loeb to General Abrahamson (February 1986). (Credit: Loeb's photo collection).

ITC group photos from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019.

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2010. The faculty/postdocs team won against the students.

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2011. The students won in penalty kicks after an extension and a 3:3 score.

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2012. The faculty/postdocs won 2:0.

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2013. The faculty/postdocs won 7:3.

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2014. The faculty/postdocs won 6:1.

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2015. The faculty/postdocs won 3:2.

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2016.

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2017. The faculty/postdoc team won 2:0 (August 6, 2017).

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2018. The students team won 6:2 (July 28, 2018).

Photos from the ITC Soccer cup 2023. The faculty and postdocs team won 14:3 (July 22, 2023).

Photos from the ITC reception at Loeb's home on September 13, 2015.

Click here for photos of Avi's office (taken for the McCarter Theatre, Princeton).