Competition: US & Canada
Education: Barnard Callege
Janna Levin is a theoretical physicist and a writer. She has contributed to an understanding of astrophysical black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime.
Levin integrates scientific themes in both fiction and nonfiction. Her second book—a novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines (Knopf, 2006)—won the PEN/Bingham Fellowship for Writers that "honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work . . . represents distinguished literary achievement." It was also a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award for "a distinguished book of first fiction." She is the author of the popular-science book How the Universe Got Its Spots.