The Rise of the Celebrity Scientist

12:30 minutes

Carl Sagan brought the cosmos to our T.V. screens. Stephen Hawking wrote a bestseller. And last week, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson assumed the host chair in his own late night talk show. They might not have the public profile of actors or rock stars, but in his new book The New Celebrity Scientists, communications researcher Declan Fahy argues that some scientists have cracked the fame code—which is a good thing for science. Fahy talks with Ira about how superstar scientists from Hawking to Tyson have used their celebrity to influence society, and science. Read an excerpt here.

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Declan Fahy

Declan Fahy is assistant professor of communication at American University.

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About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.

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