Phil Plait biography and facts

Astronomer from United States of America

Phil Plait Philip Cary Plait, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Bad Astronomer) is an American astronomer and skeptic who runs the website He formerly worked at the physics and astronomy department at Sonoma State University. In early 2007, he resigned from his job to write Death from the Skies. On August 4, 2008, he became President of the James Randi Educational Foundation. He served in that position until January 1, 2010, when he was succeeded by noted skeptic D. J. Grothe. Plait grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Virginia in 1994 with a thesis on SN 1987A, which he studied with the Supernova Intensive Study (SINS). He first worked with the COBE satellite and then with the STIS on the Hubble Space Telescope for five years. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado and writes full time, but often hosts special events and serves as an adviser and commentator in several capacities, including events focusing on skepticism, such as SkeptiCamp. Plait performed web-based public outreach for the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and other NASA-funded missions while at Sonoma State University from 2000 to 2007. Prior to that, during the  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
Philip Plait
Place of birth
Washington, D.C.
United States of America


Company Job title From To
James Randi Educational Foundation President 2008-08-04


Institution From To
University of Virginia 1994

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