Professor David Block is an astronomer and highly sought-after inspirational speaker, who has devoted over 40 years to encouraging audiences around the globe to always Look Up - and to never give up! He speaks from the heart, sharing in-depth lessons from his world of research.
Professor David Block was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London at the age of 19. His first research paper, on relativistic astrophysics, was published in London, by the Royal Astronomical Society, at age 20. Professor Block has been a visiting research astronomer at the Australian National University (ANU), the European Southern Observatory in Germany,the California Institute of Technology, and Harvard University, amongst others. Professor Block has published over 100 astronomy research journal articles and his research has twice been featured on the cover of 'Nature'.
Until the end of 2019, David Block served as a professor in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is now an Emeritus professor.
Professor Block has received many awards and acknowledgments; these include the NSTF-BHP Billiton Award recognizing him as one of South Africa’s foremost communicators in Science. He received the University of the Witwatersrand's highest research accolade: the Vice-Chancellor’s research award.