Actor, director, writer, and science advocate are just a few of Alan Alda’s many job titles. When not garnering accolades for his roles in front of and behind the camera, Alda helps develop innovative programs on how scientists communicate with the public. Eleven years as host of Scientific American Frontiers on PBS put the actor up close with cutting-edge advancements in chemistry, technology, biology, and physics.
A leading physicist and professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, Professor Brian Greene brings complex ideas and concepts to audiences in exciting and compelling ways. He has been described by The Washington Post as “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.” Dr. Greene is renowned for his bestselling books, including The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, and for his many media appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NPR, and the PBS NewsHour.
Legendary paleoanthropologist, environmentalist, and activist Richard Leakey has spent a lifetime proving that one person can make a difference. Leakey has built a career and a reputation by getting out into the field and standing on the front lines. His work in Africa and abroad, from digs in the Turkana Basin to his war on climate change and elephant and rhino poachers, has made him one of the world’s most influential champions of life on Earth.
Co-host of NPR’s Radiolab, Robert Krulwich is one of the most original and widely listened to broadcasters in the world for his boundless curiosity and ability to explain complex subjects in creative, compelling, and entertaining ways. Krulwich illustrates hard-to-see concepts in science with anything at his disposal, using drawings, cartoons, videos, and more.
Aerospace entrepreneur and Virgin Galactic spacecraft designer Burt Rutan is a bold visionary with a passion for the advancement of technology. He founded the aerospace research firm Scaled Composites and designed the legendary Voyager, the first aircraft to circle the world nonstop without refueling. He also created SpaceShipOne, the world’s first privately funded spacecraft in an effort to spur the development of affordable space tourism.