1 August 1962 |
New York, New York, USA
|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 National Public Radio’s 13.7 Cosmos and Culture Blog
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, Rochester New York where he is currently a professor of Astrophysics.
Franks research focus on astrophysical fluid dynamics. His research group developed the AstroBEAR Adaptive Mesh Refinement code used for simulating magneto fluid dynamics flows in astrophysical contexts. Projects using AstroBEAR include the study of jets from protostars as well the evolution of Planetary Nebula at the end of a solar-type stars life.
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 About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang explores the relationship between changing ideas in cosmology and the cultural idea of time. In 2010 Frank co-founded National Public Radio’s 13.7 Cosmos and Culture Blog with Marcelo Glaser. Frank has also written for magazines such as DISCOVER. His work appeared in 2009 Best Science and Nature Writing and 2009 Best Buddhist Writing
- The Constant Fire'. Beyond the Science vs Religion Debate', University of California Press (January 10, 2009), ISBN 978-0-520-26586-8
- "The End of the Beginning. Cosmology Culture and Time at the Twilight of the Big Bang, (Sept 27, 2010), ISBN 978-0-452-27606-2