An astrophysicist, Charles H. Lineweaver is an associate professor at the Australian National Universitys Planetary Science Institute (PSI), a joint venture of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Research School of Earth Science. His research areas include cosmology (determination of the age and composition of the universe), exoplanetology (the statistical analysis of exoplanets), astrobiology (using our new knowledge of cosmology to constrain life in the Universe) and cancer (origin of multicellularity and the atavistic model). His research has been published in Science, Nature, the Astrophysical Journal, Astrobiology, BioEssays, Physical Biology, Physics of Life Reviews, Scientific American, American Journal of Physics, and Microbiology Australia.
Educated at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitt in Munich where he was awarded highest honors in physics, 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 is physics from Ludwig Maximillian’s University in Munich, and a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. He was a member of the COBE satellite team, led by George Smoot (2006 Physics Nobel Prize), that discovered the temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Observatoire Astronomique in Strasbourg and, successively, a vice chancellors postdoctoral research fellow and Australian Research Council (ARC) fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) where he taught one of the most popular general studies courses “Are We Alone?”
A member of the editorial board of Astrobiology Magazine, he is the author of more than seventy papers published in scientific journals or in volumes of collected works.