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Laurance Doyle

SETI Institute

Laurance R. Doyle was raised along the California coast in the small town of Cambria. He attended San Diego State University and after receiving his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees he worked as an engineer with the Voyager spacecrafts in the Space Image Processing Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He thereafter received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg in Germany in 1987 on radiative transfer modeling of Saturns rings using Voyager imaging data. Since 1987 he has been a Principal Investigator with the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California where his main projects have been the photometric detection of extrasolar planets, the application of information theory to animal communications, the ecology of circumstellar habitable zones, and the application of quantum physics to solve certain astronomical problems. He is an editor of the Journal of Entropy and a guest editor of the Journal of Sustainability. He is a visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz teaching classes on Life in the Universe, and Light & Optics, and has about one hundred refereed papers in the scientific literature. He is President of PlanetQuest, a non-profit corporation that brings planet detection capability to the public via an educational screen-saver and browser. He has taught quantum physics, thermodynamics, introductory astronomy, history of science and Native American history at Principia College in Illinois. He has lectured for the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and is a contributing editor for the Christian Science Sentinel and the Christian Science Journal. He is presently a Participating Scientist on the NASA Kepler Mission Science Team with responsibilitiy for detection of extrasolar planets around eclipsing binary systems.