Adam Frank

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Adam Frank
Born (1962-08-01) 1 August 1962 (age 52)
New York, New York, USA
Residence Flag of the United States.svg USA
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg USA
Fields Physics
Institutions University of Rochester
Alma mater University of Washington

Adam Frank (born 1 August 1962 in New York) is a United States physicist, astronomer, and writer. His research focuses on computational astrophysics with an emphasis on star formation and late stages of stellar evolution. His popular writing has focused on issues of science it its cultural context, including issues of science and religion and the role of technology in the human experience of time. He is a co-founder of NPR's 13.7 Cosmos and Culture Blog.[1]


Frank was born in Belleville New Jersey on August 1, 1962. He attended the University of Colorado for his undergraduate work and received his PhD from the University of Washington. He held post-doctoral positions at Leiden University in the Netherlands and the University of Minnesota. In 1995, Frank was awarded the Hubble Fellowship. In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Rochester, where he is currently a professor of astrophysics.

Frank's research focus is astrophysical fluid dynamics. His research group developed the AstroBEAR Adaptive Mesh Refinement code used for simulating magneto fluid dynamics flows in astrophysical contexts.[2] Projects using AstroBEAR include the study of jets from protostars as well the evolution of planetary nebula at the end of a solar-type star's life.

Popular writing[edit]

Frank's first book was The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate. Published in 2009, it attempted to define alternative perspectives in the discussion of science and religion. Frank's second book, published in the fall of 2011, is called About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang, and it explores the relationship between changing ideas in cosmology and the cultural idea of time.

In 2010, Frank co-founded NPR's 13.7 Cosmos and Culture Blog with Marcelo Gleiser. Frank has also written for magazines such as Discover.[3] His work appeared in 2009 Best Science and Nature Writing and 2009 Best Buddhist Writing.



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