David H. Levy is a world-renowned Canadian astronomer most noted for discovering 22 comets over his long career, including the co-discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which broke apart and slammed into Jupiter in 1994. He is the author or editor of 35 books and products, has served as the science editor for Parade magazine, and has written for most of the popular astronomy magazines in existence, including Sky & Telescope and Deep Sky.
David also won an Emmy for his 1998 participation on the writing team for the Discovery Channel documentary Three Minutes to Impact.
Anyone who has been around for a long time as an amateur astronomer knows how entertaining Levy is as a speaker. He has given more than 1,000 lectures and popular astronomy talks, and has appeared on a wide variety of television programs to promote astronomy, including The Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, and Good Morning America. Levy is the recipient of five honorary degrees from various institutions and recently earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He lives with his wife Wendee in Vail, Arizona, where they operate the Jarnac Observatory, surveying the sky for comets and promoting astronomical education.