Stephan Martin, is an astronomer, educator, and writer who has taught astronomy and physics at colleges and educational centers across the U.S. for over twenty-five years.
Currently an adjunct instructor in the Consciousness and Transformative Studies program at John F Kennedy University, he is also a co-director of the continuing care program at the Center for Spiritual Emergence, where he supports those emerging from spiritual crises in living their new found realizations in daily life. He graduated with honors in physics and astronomy from Colgate University and earned his M.S. in physics and astronomy from the University of Wyoming. His graduate and subsequent astronomical research has focused on dark matter, infrared studies of spiral galaxies, and observations of the solar corona. He has worked for the Space Telescope Science Institute, and has also been supervisor of the Williams College observatory, where he participated in research expeditions around the world to study and observe solar eclipses.
With a background in both science and the humanities, he has also been active in exploring and promoting interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the universe. He attended the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California, and has been core faculty in the graduate-level Consciousness, Healing, and Ecology program at New College of California, where he helped design an innovative curriculum that integrates rigorous academic work with personal and cultural transformation.
His current research and writing focuses on the transformative potential of the insights of modern science and their integration into personal experience and everyday life. He continues to lead innovative and learning programs in educational, holistic, and nontraditional learning settings that explore the innovative results of modern cosmology with the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual and indigenous traditions.
A well-respected and popular teacher, he is noted for his ability to render complex scientific ideas accessible to a broad audience and present them in innovative and personally relevant ways. He frequently gives lectures and presentations on astronomy, the night sky, and insights from cosmology at observatories, planetariums, and other popular venues. He also been interviewed and featured on NPR, Coast to Coast AM, and many other media outlets. You can find some of his archived interviews here.
He has published a wide variety of articles on a multitude of topics that range from technical scientific research to academic papers in philosophy and humanities to popular-level articles on science education and everyday spirituality. His book Cosmic Conversations (New Page Press, 2010), a collection of interviews with scientists, spiritual leaders, indigenous elders, and cultural creatives on reality and the nature of the universe, has been well received and translated into Czech.
His writing has appeared in a variety of professional and popular journals, including Shaman’s Drum, The Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, and The Focusing Connection. He lives with his wife and family in Asheville, NC.