Tucson Festival of Books

Chris Impey

Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. His research interests are observational cosmology, gravitational lensing and the evolution and structure of galaxies. He has 220 refereed publications and 90 conference proceedings, and his work has been supported by $20 million in grants from NASA and the NSF. As a professor, he has won 11 teaching awards, and he has been heavily involved in curriculum and instructional technology development.

Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society. He has also been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, the Carnegie Council on Teaching's Arizona Professor of the Year and he won the American Astronomical Society's career Education Award. He was a co-chair of the Education and Public Outreach Study Group for the Astronomy Decadal Survey of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Impey has written more than 60 popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology and co-authored two introductory textbooks. His first popular book "The Living Cosmos," was published in 2007 by Random House. His second and third, called "How It Ends" and "How it Began," both on the subject of cosmology, were published in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, his book covering iconic NASA missions called "Dreams of Other Worlds" won the Eugene Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Also in 2013, his book on the teaching of cosmology to Buddhist monks in India was published, called "Humble Before the Void." Norton published his book, "Beyond," on the future of space travel in 2016, and his book "Einstein's Monsters," on black holes was released in 2019. His book for MIT Press on exoplanets, called "Worlds Without End," was published in April 2023.

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Awards: Eugene Emme Literature Award 2013

Communities: Arizona Author

Scheduled events:
Exploring New Worlds: Science Fact and Science Fiction
Join the authors in a lively discussion about the science and delight of speculation on the discovery of new worlds beyond our own.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Science City (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ryan Britt, Chris Impey
Moderator: George Jenson

Worlds Without End
Exoplanets, Habitability, and the Future of Humanity
Science / Medicine / Technology
MIT Press
April 2023
ISBN 9780262047661
376 pages

Einstein's Monsters
The Life and Times of Black Holes

National Geographic Books
September 2019
ISBN 9780393357509
304 pages