Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist, physicist, and educator. He is an adjunct professor of Humanities at MIT and has an AB degree from Princeton University and a PhD degree from the California Institute of Technology. Some of Lightman's novels include The Reunion, Einstein's Dreams, and Ghost. Lightman is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Boston Authors' Club Julia Ward Howe Special Award, the 2003 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Literature, and the 2006 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award. Lightman's work has appeared in various publications such as Nature, Physics Today, The American Scholar, and Harper's. He is the founder of the Harpswell Foundation, which aims to empower new generations of Cambodian women through housing, leadership, and educational training. Lightman's most recent book is Mr g: A Novel About the Creation.