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Adam Frank, University of Rochester, Professor of astrophysics, science commentator, and popular author


Adam Frank

Professor of astrophysics, science commentator, and popular author

Adam Frank is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester. A self-described “evangelist of science,” Adam regularly writes and speaks about subjects like intelligent life forms in the universe, high-energy-density physics, space exploration and missions, climate change, and more.

Career in higher education

Adam Frank received his PhD in physics (1992) from the University of Washington and held postdoctoral and visiting scientist positions at Leiden University and the University of Minnesota.

Adam joined the University of Rochester in 1996. Serving as the Helen F. & Fred H. Gowen Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Adam studies star formation and evolution, as well as develops tools for simulating the cosmos. Through his research, Adam has written numerous academic papers and books, as well as shared his knowledge in a variety of media appearances.

Learn more about Adam Frank’s academic career on his faculty departmental profile page.

Media appearances

Adam Frank is a frequent on-air commentator for live interviews and segments on outlets such as CNN and NPR. Adam also regularly contributes to written publications, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Scientific American.

Adam also served as science advisor for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, and has appeared on numerous science documentaries such as Netflix’s Alien Worlds.

Members of the media can request an interview with Adam Frank

Selection of recent media appearances

Congressional hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena
CNN, July 27, 2023

Congressional hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena
MSNBC, July 26, 2023

Congressional hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena
NewsNation, July 24, 2023

NASA’s DART mission to crash into asteroid
CNN, September 27, 2022

Artemis I second launch attempt
CNN, September 3, 2022

Moon mission, Jupiter images, and sounds of a black hole
CNN, August 24, 2022

Rendering of a book cover that reads: "The Little Book of Aliens" by Adam Frank

Books and papers

Adam has authored five popular books arguing for the beauty of science and against science denial. In his upcoming book, The Little Book of Aliens (Harper Collins, 2023), he details what we know and what we need to know in our search for extraterrestrials. Author Kim Stanley Robinson describes the book as “clear as a map, as clear as Drake’s equation.” The book will be available in October.

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