Christopher Chyba

Center for International Security an Cooperation at Stanford

Co-Director, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University Moderator for Plenary 2: Health, Education and Human Development Christopher Chyba holds the Carl Sagan Chair for the Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he studied as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Cambridge and received his Ph.D. in planetary science from Cornell University in 1991. Professor Chyba served on the national security staff of the White House from 1993 to 1995, entering as a White House Fellow. In 1994, while Director for International Environmental Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council, Dr. Chyba was named one of Time magazine’s “Fifty for the Future.” As a consultant after leaving the White House, he drafted the President’s directive on responding to emerging infectious diseases, and authored a report on preparing for biological terrorism. In 1996, Dr. Chyba received the Presidential Early Career Award, “for demonstrating exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of science and technology during the 21st century.” He chaired the Science Definition Team for NASA’s Europa Orbiter mission, a mission to search for an ocean beneath the icy crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa. He served on the Executive Committee of NASA’s Space Science Advisory Committee, for which he chaired the Solar System Exploration Subcommittee. Professor Chyba’s security-related research focuses on biological terrorism and issues of nuclear proliferation. His planetary science and exobiology
research centers on the search for life elsewhere in the Solar System, especially at Europa. He teaches a graduate seminar at Stanford on these latter topics, “The origins of life in the Solar System.” In October 2001, Dr. Chyba was named a MacArthur Fellow for his work in both astrobiology and international security.