Kraus, John D. (1910–2004)

John Kraus was professor of electrical engineering and astronomy at Ohio State University and director-founder of the Ohio State University Radio Observatory which, for many years, has been at the forefront of SETI research. Kraus, a pioneer of radio telescope design since the 1940s, obtained his B.S. in Physics (1931) and Ph.D. (1933) from the University of Michigan and came to Ohio State in 1946. His involvement with SETI dates back to the time when Robert Dixon proposed the use of the Big Ear telescope, which Kraus designed, to search for narrow-band extraterrestrial signals. He edited and published Cosmic Search, the first journal dedicated to SETI.