Sara Seager Astrophysicist

Sara Seager

Sara Seager is one of the most well known astrophysicists in the world. She took a chance in grad school to focus on finding life on planets outside of our solar system, exoplanets. Now she is a professor of Physics and Planetary Sciences at MIT. In this wide ranging interview, we discuss science, life, and why she is so motivated to find the next Earth.

Below is a summary of her interview:


Where there is a will, there’s a way

The Journey

We track Sara’s early days inspired and pushed by her dad to her time in grad school when she discovered she could study life on distant planets.

Low Point

Sara recounts the passing of her late husband to terminal disease and the difficulty of suddenly becoming a single mom.

Aha Moment

Sara talks about the first time she was able to code something on her own and have it work.

Sara’s work now  

We chat about exoplanets and finding the next Earth. Sara’s also talks about the interesting work one of her proteges Julien de Wit.

What’s exciting Sara now

Sara discusses her continuing work on star shades which will help people see far away stars and planets easier.

Lightning Round

Book Sara RecommendsMarie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science’s First Family

Helpful Habit: Focus

Helpful Person: John Bahcall

Internet Resource: Wikipedia

What’s Your Purpose:

Getting people together to work find the other Earth. Help people overcome their internal thinking and reach their potential.

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Where to follow Sara

Facebook: Sara Seager

Twitter: @saraseager

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Parting Words

Anything is possible (within the laws of physics and chemistry)

One More Thing

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Derrick Duplessy

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Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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