Frank Drake: He Led the Search for Life on Other Planets

From a New York Times obit by Dennis Overbye headlined “Frank Drake, Who Led the Search for Life on other Planets, Dies at 92”:

Frank Drake, who pointed a radio telescope at a pair of stars in 1960 hoping to find alien civilizations and thus kindled a continuing endeavor called the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, died on Friday at his home in Aptos, Calif. He was 92.

His death was confirmed by his daughter Nadia Drake, a science journalist, and by the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he was an emeritus professor and a former dean of science.