Most Admired: Alex Filippenko

Oh the song of the future has been sung
All the battles have been won
On the mountain tops we stand
All the world at our command
We have opened up her soil
With our teardrops and our toil …

Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian Railroad Trilogy

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Alexei Filippenko, astronomer

Alex Filippenko, astronomer

Dr. Alex Filippenko often co-hosts the popular PBS series NOVA.

Filippenko is an astronomer and astrophysicist. He specializes in supernovae, dark energy, advanced telescopes and supermassive black holes, among other interests. His own web page mentions that he spends a lot of time on the massive Keck telescope atop Mauna Kea.

Filippenko’s infectious enthusiasm for astronomy and physical cosmology make him a natural superstar on the PBS series. NOVA will often toggle the audience back and forth between Filippenko and Neil deGrasse Tyson (see below).

Both astronomers are master communicators with the ability to explain very complex topics in ways that make them both understandable and interesting to a lay audience.

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