Avi Loeb is an Israeli-American theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is a professor of science at Harvard University. He is also the director of the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Loeb has made significant contributions to the fields of astrophysics and cosmology, particularly in the areas of black holes, the early universe, and the search for extraterrestrial life. He has authored hundreds of scientific papers and several books, including “How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form?” and “The First Galaxies in the Universe”.
In addition to his academic work, Loeb has gained public attention for his views on the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the search for alien civilizations. He has proposed the idea that the mysterious interstellar object ‘Oumuamua, which passed through our solar system in 2017, could be an alien artifact, rather than a natural object.
Loeb’s ideas on ‘Oumuamua have generated controversy and debate in the scientific community and have been both praised and criticized. He has also been an advocate for increasing funding for the search for extraterrestrial life and has argued that the discovery of alien civilizations would have significant implications for humanity.