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Sara Seager, astrophysicist and professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was named to the 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows. She is the editor of the press's 2011 book Exoplanets, which is part of the University of Arizona Press's highly regarded Space Science Series.
Seager is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist exploring the possibility of life throughout the galaxy. Adapting the principles of existing planetary science to the study of exoplanets (planets outside the solar system), she is quickly advancing a subfield initially viewed with skepticism by the scientific community. A mere hypothesis until the mid-1990s, nearly 900 exoplanets in more than 600 planetary systems have since been identified, with thousands of more planet candidates known.
According to the MacArthur Foundation, Seager is "a visionary scientist contributing importantly in every aspect of her field, Seager is finding new celestial frontiers and fueling curiosity about life in worlds beyond our reach."
See the complete story at macfound.org.