School of Journalism & Electronic Media
Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing
CCI Board of Visitors Professor
MARK LITTMANN, professor of journalism and electronic media, holds the Julia G. and Alfred G. Hill Chair of Excellence in Science, Technology, and Medical Writing. He is also the CCI Board of Visitors Professor.
He received a B.S. in chemistry and literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. in creative writing at Hollins College, and a Ph.D. in English at Northwestern University.
Littmann's most recent works are Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024, a book for the general public (Fred Espenak, coauthor); Eclipse—The Sun Revealed, a planetarium star theater program in international syndication; and Eclipse 2017, a book for students ages 8-14.
His previous books include Totality: Eclipses of the Sun (4 editions 1991-2009; Fred Espenak and Ken Willcox, coauthors); Planets Beyond: Discovering the Outer Solar System (1988, 1990, 2004); The Heavens on Fire: The Great Leonid Meteor Storms (1998, 1999); and Comet Halley: Once in a Lifetime (Donald K. Yeomans, coauthor, 1985).
Planets Beyond won the Science Writing Award of the American Institute of Physics. Comet Halley won the Elliott Montroll Special Award of the New York Academy of Sciences. Both were also chosen by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific as Astronomy Books of the Year. The Heavens on Fire, Totality, and Planets Beyond were Astronomy Book Club selections.
Littmann received the College of Communication and Information Research Award in 2000 and Teaching Award in 2009.
Before joining the journalism faculty in 1991, Littmann taught astronomy at Loyola University in Baltimore, astronomy and literature at the University of Utah and Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and literature and writing at Northwestern University.
In Salt Lake City, he was director of the Hansen Planetarium from 1965 to 1983. He wrote and produced 35 planetarium programs, some of which are still performed worldwide.
Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., Hollins College
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Astronomy and the history of astronomy
Writing about science for the general public
Science writing as literature
History of science
Teaching science and science writing