May 26, 2022

“Librarian Captures Scientists’ Lives Through Graphic Novels”

From the University of Michigan Record:

The stars of Jim Ottaviani’s graphic novels aren’t superheroes like Batman or Spider-Man.

Instead, they have names like Goodall, Hawking and Curie. And while they don’t wear capes or leap tall buildings, they still have superpowers: important contributions to the field of science.

Ottaviani, a U-M librarian, has been writing graphic novels for more than two decades. He has 14 titles under his belt, with his next book featuring Albert Einstein set to come out late next year.


His latest work, “Naturalist,” is an adaption of naturalist Edward O. Wilson’s memoir of the same title. Vivid illustrations and some of Wilson’s own words help bring to life the naturalist’s lifelong quest to explore and protect the natural world.

Ottaviani’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and a few of them have even been on The New York Times best seller list. They are available for purchase at bookstores, on Amazon and through Ottaviani’s website,


Ottaviani’s educational and professional background is in science. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering from U-M.

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