Nathaniel Comfort is the Baruch Blumberg Professor of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress/NASA and Professor of the History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University. From 1997 to 2002, he was on the history faculty at The George Washington University, where he also served as Deputy Director of the Center for History of Recent Science. The Center’s director and founder was Horace Freeland Judson (The Eighth Day of Creation), whom, along with Johns McPhee and Cleese, Comfort considers among his biggest writing influences. He has written for The Nation, Aeon, The Point, the New York Times Book Review, National Public Radio, Natural History, Nature, Science, New Scientist, The Believer, and other publications. Should he expire tomorrow, he would be survived, in decreasing size order, by a son, a wife, a daughter, a dog, a cat, another cat, and still another cat.

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