Dr. Drake is the former Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, and previously served as Chairman of SETI Institute's Board of Trustees. He was Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics (1984 - 1996), Professor Emeritus (1996 - present), and Dean, Natural Sciences (1984 - 88), UC Santa Cruz, and a member of National Academy of Sciences.
From 1989 to 1992, he served as Chairman, Board of Physics and Astronomy, National Research Council. He was President of Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1988 - 90), Director of National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (1970 - 81) and Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University (1964 - 84).
Drake holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Engineering Physics, Cornell University