Drake, Frank Donald (1930–)
Drake received his B.S. in physics from Cornell University (1952) and, after serving in the U.S. Navy, his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard. For the next five years he worked at Green Bank then, after a year as chief of the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he joined the faculty of Cornell (1964), where he was professor and Director of the National Atmospheric and Ionospheric Center (which includes the Arecibo telescope). In 1984, he became Dean of Natural Sciences at UC, Santa Cruz. Drake has presided over the International Astronomical Union's Commission of Bio-astronomy and chaired the SETI Advisory Committee of NASA's Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology. He was the first chairman of the SETI Institute Board of Trustees and was succeeded in this position by Greg Papadopoulos in May 2003. Drake is also President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and is a founder and director of the Extrasolar Planet Foundation. Among his non-technical published work are Intelligent Life in Space1 (1962) and, with Dava Sobel, the autobiographical Is Anyone Out There?2(1993).
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