The Elusive Wow

About the Author

    Robert Gray has used some of the world’s most powerful radio telescopes in a quest to confirm the “Wow!” signal detected by Ohio State University in 1977—perhaps the best candidate for an interstellar communication ever found.  He has hunted the elusive signal with Harvard’s 8-million channel interstellar radio, with the Very Large Array (the world’s most powerful radio eye on the universe, featured in the movie Contact), with the Hobart radio telescope in Tasmania, and with a home-brewed backyard contraption.  Engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) since 1983, he tells the little-known story of the Wow signal and takes readers on a tour of the entire field, explaining how and why scientists hope to find ET.

    Gray’s articles have appeared in scientific journals such as Astrophysical Journal, Icarus, and the Journal of The British Interplanetary Society, as well as in popular magazines like Sky & Telescope and The Planetary Report.  He lives in a grand but never-quite-completely-renovated old house in Chicago with his photographer wife Sharon Hoogstraten.

    Contact: RobertGray (at)

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