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Dava Sobel (born June 15, 1947, The Bronx) is a writer of popular expositions of scientific topics. She graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. Her works include:
Longitude was dramatised for television by Charles Sturridge and Granada Film in 1999, and was shown in the United States by A&E. Michael Gambon played John Harrison, and Jeremy Irons played Rupert Gould, who restored Harrison's timepieces for posterity in the mid-20th century.
Sobel made her first foray into teaching at the University of Chicago as the Vare Writer-in-Residence in the winter of 2006. She taught a one-quarter seminar on writing about science.
Sobel states she is a chaser of solar eclipses and that "it's the closest thing to witnessing a miracle". As of August 2012 she has seen eight, and planned to see the November 2012 total solar eclipse in Australia.
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