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Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur.
* He was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1948.
* He received a Bachelor of Arts in physics from Princeton University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1974.
* He has served on the faculties of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
* He is the author of several novels, essays, and books on science.
* His novel Einstein's Dreams was an international bestseller.
* He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
* He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Science Foundation's Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award.
* He is currently a Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT.

If a person holds no ambitions in this world, he suffers unknowingly. If a person holds ambitions, he suffers knowingly, but very slowly.

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