Founded in 1984, the SETI Institute is dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach. The SETI Institute explores, understands and explains the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. Research at the Institute is anchored by two centers, each directed by a renowned scientist who holds an endowed chair. Dr. Jill Tarter leads the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research as Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI, while Dr. Christopher Chyba holds the Carl Sagan Chair, and directs the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe.
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