Andrew Fraknoi

 Andrew FraknoiAndrew Fraknoi – Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College and Senior Educator at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He teaches courses on “astronomy and physics for poets” to about a thousand students each year. In 2007, he was selected as the Professor of the Year for the state of California by the Carnegie Endowment for Education. He appears frequently on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language.  His book for children, “Disney’s Wonderful World of Space” was published in 2007, he is the lead author on a series of college astronomy textbooks, and he has edited two books of science and science fiction for Bantam.  Asteroid 4859 has been named Asteroid Fraknoi by the International Astronomical Union in recognition of his contributions to science popularization.  He currently serves as Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute.