Jill Tarter was awarded the TED Prize 2009. At the ceremony, traditionally, she could make a wish for mankind. Please click the photo below to watch the speech.
Jill Tarter is an American astronomer and the current director of the Center for SETI Research, holding the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute. Her astronomical work is illustrated in Carl Sagan’s novel Contact. In the film version of Contact, the leading actress Ellie Arroway is played by Jodie Foster. Tarter conversed with the actress for months before and during filming. Actually, the character of Arroway was largely based on Tarter’s work.
In her speech below, she outlined a proper perspective of mankind in the universe. It is a very touching speech of how small is mankind and how far we can reach, and an illustration of SETI the past, present and future.
She spoke eloquently with excellent English. If your children are studying English, I recommend them to watch the speech. The English is so perfect that it can be used in dictation and conversation.