Since I first heard about it I've been a fan of the Emmy-nominated PBS series, The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. I'm especially thrilled with this one because, I think, more people know the movie "Contact" than know who Jill Tarter is.
Tarter is a renowned astronomer, the recipient of two public service medals from NASA, a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Aerospace, the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization and the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in California (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) who spent her 35 year career looking for extra terrestrial life.
Despite all of this most people will know her as the inspiration behind Carl Sagan's book "Contact" which was later made into a film and starred Jodie Foster.
Thanks to the kids at PBS for giving us all the opportunity to know a little more:
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