Science Advisory Committee

Board of Trustees Science Working Committee

David Morrison

David Morrison
Director of the Carl Sagan Center

Dr. David Morrison is the Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. He is also currently the Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) and a senior scientist in Astrobiology at NASA Ames Research Center. Prior to this position, he served at NASA Ames as Director of Space and as the Chief of the Space Science Division, leading one of the premier science organizations at NASA consisting of space scientists undertaking basic research in astronomy, planetary science, and exobiology. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1969 and has published more than 160 technical papers and a dozen books.


Frank Drake

Frank Drake
Chairman Emeritus

  • Former Director, Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe

  • Former Chairman, SETI Institute Board of Trustees

  • Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics (1984 - 1996), Professor Emeritus (1996 - present), and Dean, Natural Sciences (1984 - 88), UC Santa Cruz

  • Member, National Academy of Sciences

  • Chairman, Board of Physics and Astronomy, National Research Council (1989 - 92)

  • President, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1988 - 90)

  • Director, National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (1970 - 81)

  • Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University (1964 - 84)

  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University

  • B.A. in Engineering Physics, Cornell University


John Billingham

John Billingham
Trustee Emeritus

  • Senior Scientist Emeritus, SETI Institute (advisory)

  • Inductee, NASA Ames Hall of Fame

  • Chief, NASA ARC, Life Sciences Division (1984 - 91)

  • Chief, NASA ARC, Extraterrestrial Research Division (1976 - 84)

  • Chief, NASA ARC Biotechnology Division (1970-76), Assistant/Acting Chief (1965-70)

  • Chief, NASA JSC Environmental Physiology Branch (1963-65)

  • Medical Officer, Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine (1956 - 63)

  • Vice Chair, SETI Institute Board of Trustees

  • M.A., B.M., B.Ch. (equivalent to M.D. in the U.S.), Oxford University

  • B.A. and M.A. in Physiology, Oxford University


Al Bagley

Al Bagley
Trustee Emeritus

  • Retired Hewlett-Packard executive, having served 37 years for HP in northern California. While at HP, was General Manager of the Frequency and Time Division (later became the Santa Clara Division). Also served as Engineering Manager of HPs Electronic Instruments Group.
  • Member, SETI Institute Board of Trustees

  • Past member, Scientific Advisory Board, Trimble Navigation

  • Past Board Chairman, SocialTech Organization.

  • M.S., Stanford University, Engineering (recipient of HP Fellowship) (1949)

  • B.S., CalTech, Electrical Engineering (1948)


Andrew Fraknoi

Andrew Fraknoi
Trustee

Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. Fraknoi was the Carnegie Endowment for Higher Education's 2007 California Professor of the Year. He was the founding co-editor of the journal "Astronomy Education Review," is lead author of the "Voyages Through the Universe" college textbooks series, and was Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for 14 years.

  • Chair, Astronomy Department, Foothill College (1992 - present)
  • Selected 2007 California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Endowment for Higher Education
  • Founder and co-editor, Astronomy Education Review (2001 - 2010)
  • Lead author, Voyages Through the Universe, college textbook series from Brooks-Cole (1997 - present)
  • Member, SETI Institute Board of Trustees (Vice-Chair 2010-2012)
  • Executive Director, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1978 - 1992)
  • Adjunct Professor of Astronomy & Physics, San Francisco State University (1980 - 1991)
  • Founding Editor, The Universe in the Classroom newsletter on teaching astronomy (1984 - 1991)
  • Winner, Annenberg Foundation Prize for Astronomy Education, American Astronomical Society (1994)
  • Asteroid 4859 named Asteroid Fraknoi (1992) by the International Astronomical Union
  • Fellow, California Academy of Sciences (2003 on)
  • Winner, Klumpke-Roberts Prize of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for astronomy popularization (1994)
  • Winner, Gemant Prize, American Institute of Physics (2007)
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (2011)


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