Curriculum Vitae


Center for SETI Research

SETI Institute
515 Whisman Road
Mountain View, CA 94043

Tel: (650) 960-4555
Fax: (650) 968-5830
Email: tarter@seti.org


University of California, Berkeley

M.A. Astronomy 02/71
Ph.D. Astronomy 06/75

Dissertation Title: Interaction of Gas and Galaxies within Galaxy Clusters

Cornell University - Graduate School

Major Field: Theoretical Physics 1965-67

Cornell University - School of Engineering

B.E.P. (with distinction) 02/66
Major Field: Engineering Physics
Fifth Year Project: Determination of Angular Resolution of Spark Chamber
for Cosmic Ray Balloon


1984 - Present SETI Institute
2035 Landings Drive
Mountain View, CA 94043

June 2000 – present: Director, Center for SETI Research
Sept. 9, 1999 – June 2000: Director, SETI Research
Sept. 15, 1997 – present: Holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI
Oct. 1, 1993 – Sept. 8, 1999: Director, Project Phoenix
1989 – 1993 Project Scientist, NASA SETI Microwave Observing Project and High Resolution Microwave Survey
1983 – 1993 Associate Research Astronomer, University of California, Berkeley Astronomy Department Berkeley, CA 94720
1983 - 1985 Associate Research Astronomer I, University of California, Berkeley Space Sciences Lab
1977 - 1983 Assistant Research Astronomer II-IV, University of California, Berkeley Space Sciences Lab
1975 - 1977 NRC Resident Research Associate Postdoctoral Fellowship, NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000
1965 - 1975 Teaching Assistant, and Research Assistant, Cornell University and University of California, Berkeley

Professional Memberships

- American Astronomical Society
- International Astronomical Union
- URSI - Commission J (International Radio Science Union)
- International Academy of Astronautics
- American Association for Advancement of Science
- International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life
- Women in Aerospace
- World Technology Network


- Arecibo Scientific Advisory Committee (1981-1984) and (1991-1994)
- AAS Shapley Lecture (1983-1986) and (1997-2000)
- Life Sciences Advisory Committee (NASA) (1987-1988)
- Committee on Chemical Evolution and Planetary Biology (SSB, NAS) (1987-1990)
- Liaison for LSAC (NASA) to SESAC (NASA) (1987-1988)
- Committee on Radio Frequencies (NRC, NAS) (1987-1993)
- Space Science and Applications Advisory Committee (1988-1991)
- Received the 1989 Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Aerospace
- Origins of Solar Systems Executive Committee (1991-1994)
- Received two of NASA’s Public Service Medals (one at Ames Research Center and one
at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC) and a HRMS Group Achievement Award (1993)
- Nominating Committee Member for the American Astronomical Society (1994-1997)
- Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)
- President of IAU Commission 51 (1994-1997)
- Member at Large, URSI National Committee (1995-1998)
- Received Chabot Observatory Person of the Year Award (Feb. 1997)
- Chair, International Academy of Astronautics SETI Committee (1997- )
- Bernard M. Oliver Endowed Chair, SETI Institute (1997- )
- Fellow of The Explorers Club
- Advisory Board Member, Odyssey Magazine (1997- )
- Received the Women of Achievement Award, Science & Technology category, presented by the Women’s Fund and the San Jose Mercury News (1998)
- Chair, US Square Kilometer Array Consortium (2000 -2002)
- Advisory Board Member, Space.com (2000 - )
- Received Telluride Technology Festival Award of Technology (July 2001)
- Chair, International SKA Steering Committee (August 2002 – August 2004)
- AAAS Fellow (2002)
- California Academy of Sciences Fellow (2003)
- Asteroid 74824 Tarter (1999 TJ16), named and approved by the International Astronomical Union’s Small Bodies Naming Committee
- Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization, Wonderfest (2005)

A book about Dr. Tarter for young readers:
Looking for Life in the Universe

In Looking for Life in the Universe, author Ellen Jackson and photographer Nic Bishop introduce readers to Dr. Jill Tarter and her thrilling, rigorous, and awe-inspiring work in the field of SETI.

An article about Dr. Tarter from AWIS Magazine, Spring 2005, by Allison M. Martin:
Searching the Sky: Jill Tarter
Presented with the permission of  AWIS - Association for Women in Science
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