Marcelo Gleiser is a Brazilian physicist and astronomer. He received his bachelor's degree in 1981 from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, his M.Sc. degree in 1982 from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and his Ph.D. in 1986 from King's College London. Since 1991, he has taught at Dartmouth College. He was awarded the Appleton Professorship of Natural Philosophy in 1999 and is currently a professor of physics and astronomy. The author of over eighty papers in peer-reviewed journals, Gleiser has also written two popular books on cosmology and religion, The Prophet and the Astronomer and The Dancing Universe. His third book, Imperfect Creation: Cosmos, Life, and Nature’s Hidden Code, is coming from Free Press in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has been awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House and the National Science Foundation.