Award-winning author Ferris to speak at SRJC Petaluma campus
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Award-winning author and UC Berkeley Professor Timothy Ferris will be a guest speaker at Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Petaluma campus on May 10 at 2 p.m.

Ferris produced the Voyager Golden Record – an artifact of human civilization containing music, sounds of Earth and encoded photographs launched aboard the twin Voyager 1 spacecraft. 

Now exiting the solar system, the Voyagers are the most distant probes ever created by humans. Ferris will speak in SRJC’s Carol L. Ellis Auditorium located on 680 Mountain Parkway in Petaluma. Parking permits for $4 will be made available for purchase on the campus lots. Seating is expected to be limited; however, the event is free and open to the public.

Ferris sat on the committee chaired by “Cosmos” author Carl Sagan, which selected and assembled sounds and images from Earth. These serve as a time capsule accompanying NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 space probes, which were launched in 1977 and are continuing to collect and transmit data. 

Ferris went on to write a dozen books of his own — among them the bestsellers “The Whole Shebang” and “Coming of Age in the Milky Way,” which were translated into 15 languages and named by the New York Times as among the leading books published in the 20th century.

Called “the best popular science writer in the English language” by the Christian Science Monitor and “the best science writer of his generation” by the Washington Post, Ferris has received the American Institute of Physics prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His works have been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

 Ferris has also made three documentary films, all of which premiered in prime time on PBS — “The Creation of the Universe,” (1986), “Life Beyond Earth” (1999), and “Seeing in the Dark” (2007) — and have been seen by over 20 million viewers.

Ferris has taught in five disciplines – astronomy, English, history, journalism, and philosophy – at four universities. He is currently an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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