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Dava Sobel

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Dava Sobel has spent her entire professional life writing. Beginning fresh out of college as a technical writer for IBM, she moved quickly into journalism in January of 1970, just in time for the first Earth Day. Her two all-time favorite full-time jobs were as science writer for the *Cornell University News Bureau*, where her beat included everything from astronomy to veterinary medicine, and staff reporter in the Science News department of *The New York Times*, covering psychology and psychiatry. For twenty years she wrote freelance for numerous magazines, most notably *Harvard Magazine*, *Omni*, *Science Digest*, and *Discover*, as well as *Audubon, Life*, and *The New Yorker*. Sobel saw her first total solar eclipse in 1991, as a columnist with *Travel Holiday*, and attended Space Camp for an article in a retirement magazine called "New Choices". Sobel was born in 1947 in the Bronx.