Board Chairman & President
“I hope people will come to understand that space exploration is not about escaping Earth but is about coming to appreciate her more fully.”
Frank White, Space Philosopher, author of The Overview Effect
Frank White’s theory of the Overview Effect has helped provide astronauts with concepts and language to articulate the profound shift in worldview they experience when viewing the Earth from space and in space. Now, much of the world has adopted this framework in describing our innate interconnectedness.
His book, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration, making him one of the most influential space philosophers of our time.
White is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University.
He has authored or coauthored 14 books on topics ranging from space exploration to climate change. Planetary Collective’s film, “Overview,” based largely on his work, has had nearly 8 million plays on Vimeo.
Frank is co-founder and president of the Human Space Program, a central project to develop a citizen-authored blueprint for conscious space migration and stewardship of the solar ecosystem.