Meet David Toomey, Ph.D.

David Toomey, Ph.D., Professor of English and Director of the Program for Professional Writing and Technical Communication. University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


David Toomey's Working Science SftPublic mini-documentary Earth Life and Weird Life (December 17, 2015)

Although Dr. Toomey's academic background was originally in literature, he has managed in his career to combine that specialization with his life-long interest in science. This dual expertise has been beneficial for his literature students and also for the fans of his popular science books.

David Toomey's books for general readers:

  • Weird Life: the Search for Life that is Very, Very Different from Our Own (W.W. Norton, 2013)
  • The New Time Travelers: a Journey to the Frontiers of Physics (W.W. Norton, 2007)
  • Stormchasers: the Hurricane Hunters and their Flight into Hurricane Janet (W.W. Norton, 2002)
  • Amelia Earhart's Daughters: the Wild and Glorious Story of American Women Aviators from World War II to the Dawn of the Space Age (with Leslie Haynsworth)(William Morrow, 1998)