about the author

Leila Belkora


I’m a science writer. I’ve written one book and many freelance articles, with more on the way.

I’ve previously taught physics, astronomy, and communication for engineers at the undergraduate university level. I’ve done some editing and a lot of exam grading. I volunteer as a science fair judge and I’m an astronomy outreach enthusiast.

I was born in the U.S. but grew up in Switzerland, and have family in Morocco. I speak English, French, and a little German.

I graduated from the International School of Geneva with an I.B. diploma. I have a B.A. in physics and M. Eng. in engineering physics from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder. I’ve worked for both UIC (University of Illinois-Chicago) and UCI (University of California-Irvine), and am forever getting those acronyms mixed up.

I live in Irvine, California, with my husband. We have one daughter.