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Frank Drake
Senior Scientist

Dr. Frank Drake serves on the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute.

In 1960, as a staff member of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, he conducted the first radio search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences where he chaired the Board of Physics and Astronomy of the National Research Council (1989-92). Frank also served as President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He was a Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University (1964-84) and served as the Director of the Arecibo Observatory.

He is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California at Santa Cruz where he also served as Dean of Natural Sciences (1984-88).

In his spare time Frank enjoys cutting gem stones and growing orchids.

Frank has three grown sons and two daughters in college. Both daughters are superb ballet dancers.