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Nationality  American
Name  Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Role  Professor
Fields  Astrobiology, Geology
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Born  29 January 1964 (age 51) Giessen, Germany (1964-01-29)
Institutions  Technical University, Berlin German Aerospace Centre, Berlin Washington State University University of Texas at El Paso University of Wisconsin Justis-Liebig-University Giessen Germany
Alma mater  Justis-Liebig-University Giessen
Known for  (with L.N. Irwin) Life in the Universe (book)
Notable awards  Friedrich-Wilhelm Bessel Award (2010)
Books  Cosmic Biology: How Life, Megacatastrophes!: Nine Strange, Alien Encounter: A Scientifi, We Are Not Alone: Why We Have, Voids of Eternity: Alien Enc

Dirk Schulze-Makuch (born 1964) is a professor at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Washington State University. He is best known for his publications on extraterrestrial life, being coauthor of four books on the topic: A One Way Mission to Mars: Colonizing the Red Planet (2011), We Are Not Alone: Why We Have Already Found Extraterrestrial Life (2010), Cosmic Biology: How Life could Evolve on Other Worlds (2010), and Life in the Universe: Expectations and Constraints (2004, 2008). In 2012 he published with David Darling Megacatastrophes! Nine Strange Ways the World Could End. In 2013 he published the second edition of his science fiction novel Alien Encounter. Together with Paul Davies he proposed in 2010 exploration of Mars by a one-way trip to the planet.

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Education and career

His upbringing was in Giessen, Germany, where he received his Diplom-Degree (M.S.) in Geology from Justus Liebig University in 1991. In 1996 he obtained his Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After having worked as Senior Project Hydrogeologist at Envirogen, a Princeton-based research and consulting firm, for which he investigated subsurface hydrocarbon spills, he became in 1997 Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In 1998 he joined the University of Texas at El Paso as assistant professor, investigating microbe and chemical transport in groundwater, and microbial interaction in a planetary environment. From there he joined Washington State University in 2004: first as Associate Professor, since 2010 as Professor at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, with focus on astrobiology and planetary habitability.

Scientific research

Schulze-Makuch's research interests and publications range from astrobiology, hydrobiology, archeology, to cancer. To the viewer he may be best known for his work in astrobiology, in particular the possible existence of life on Venus, Mars, Titan, Europa, and Io. His book Life in the Universe (with L. N. Irwin) considers alternative physiologies for extraterrestrial life.

Patents

Removal of Biological Pathogens Using Surfactant Modified Zeolite. Patent No. US 7,311,839 B2. Date of patent: dec. 25, 2007.

Awards

Friedrich-Wilhelm Bessel Award (2010) by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Media activity

The work of Schulze-Makuch has received much attention. It has been the subject of TV programs on the BBC, the National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, and of numerous articles in magazines such as New Scientist, The Guardian and Der Spiegel.

Academic books

  • Life in the Universe: Expectations and Constraints (with L.N. Irwin) (2nd ed.) (2008) ISBN 978-3-540-76816-6
  • Life in the Universe: Expectations and Constraints (with L.N. Irwin) (2004) ISBN 978-3-540-76816-6
  • How To Develop The Solar System and Beyond: A Roadmap to Interstellar Space (with A. Sinclair and six more authors) (2012) ASIN B009KWNO02
  • Megacatastrophes! Nine Strange Ways the World Could End (with D. Darling) (2012) ISBN 978-1-85168-905-7
  • A One Way Mission to Mars: Colonizing the Red Planet (with P. Davies and ten more authors; J.S. Levine, editor) (2011) ISBN 978-0-9829552-4-6
  • We Are Not Alone: Why We Have Already Found Extraterrestrial Life (with D. Darling) (2010) ISBN 978-1-85168-719-0
  • Cosmic Biology: How Life Could Evolve on Other Worlds (with L.N. Irwin) (2010) ISBN 978-1-4419-1646-4
  • Science fiction novel

  • Alien Encounter: A Scientific Novel (2nd ed.) (2013) ISBN 3319019600
  • Voids of Eternity: Alien Encounter (2009) ISBN 978-0-615-27540-6
  • References

    Dirk Schulze-Makuch Wikipedia


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