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.
He enrolled at Cornell University on a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. Once there he began studying astronomy.
His ideas about the possibility of extraterrestrial life were reinforced by a lecture from astrophysicist Otto Struve in 1951.
Frank Drake Son: Meet Steve Drake, Richard Drake, Paul Drake
Who are Frank Drake’s children? Does Frank Drake have sons and daughters?
Frank Drake has three sons from his previous marriage, sons Steve Drake, Richard Drake (Alice Moore), and Paul Drake (Ellen Sullivan).
Paul Drake became a photographer and Steve Drake and Richard Drake became musicians
Details about his sons are kept away from the public.