Frank Donald Drake was an American astronomer and astrophysicist.
He was involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, including the founding of SETI, mounting the first observational attempts.
Born on May 28, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, as a youth Drake loved electronics and chemistry.
He reports that he considered the possibility of life existing on other planets as an eight-year-old, but never discussed the idea with his family or teachers due to the prevalent religious ideology.
Frank Drake Children: Meet Daughter Nadia Drake
Frank Drake Children: Who is Nadia Drake?
Nadia Drake is a science journalist and contributing writer at National Geographic.
She earned an A.B. in biology, psychology, and dance at Cornell University worked in a clinical genetics lab at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, then returned to Cornell for her Ph.D. in genetics and development.
In 2017, Drake won the David N. Schramm Award for High Energy Astrophysics Science Journalism from the High.
Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society for “Found! Gravitational Waves, or a Wrinkle in Spacetime,” which was published on National Geographic’s website on February 11, 2016.
In 2016, she received the Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award for her article “Scientists in Flying Telescope Race to Intercept Pluto’s Shadow,” which appeared July 3, 2015, on National Geographic’s website.