Frank Summers is an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), where he specializes in bringing astronomy discoveries to the public. He helps produce news, online, and classroom materials, gives educational and public presentations, and creates cinematic scientific visualizations. In addition to writing and hosting Hubble’s Universe Unfiltered, Summers hosts and regularly presents the STScI public lecture series.
His notable credits include serving as a writer, science advisor, and scientific visualization supervisor for the IMAX film “Hubble 3D,” and directing the award-winning IMAX short film “Hubble: Galaxies Across Space and Time” (LFCA Best Short Film 2004). He has collaborated on Microsoft Research’s World Wide Telescope project, and has created a DVD course, “New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on the Solar System,” with the Teaching Company.
Dr. Summers was previously at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York, where he created astronomy exhibits for the opening of the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, and did research at Princeton and Columbia Universities, focusing on computer simulations of galaxy formation and development.
His interests also extend well outside of the scientific realm. Summers was a nationally ranked competitive ice dancer in his youth, and was director and choreographer with a dance company in college. During graduate school, he pursued ballroom dance and became team leader of the college competitive team. He especially enjoys bringing this artistic and theatrical experience to bear in his astronomy presentations.