Charles H Lineweaver is an astrobiologist and Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University’s ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Research School of Earth Science.

His research areas include exoplanetology (the statistical analysis of exoplanets and their habitability), cosmobiology (using our new knowledge of cosmology to constrain life in the Universe) and cancer (a new atavistic model).

Dr Lineweaver earned a BA in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an MA in English from Brown University, a BS in physics from Ludwig Maximillian’s University in Munich, and a PhD in physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994.

He is the son of a high school biology teacher and has lived in or travelled through 85 countries, has spoken four languages semi-fluently at one time or another, and was a semi-professional soccer player in Germany.

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