Pat Frank was born in Chicago in 1907. Before he published his first novel Mr. Adam in 1946, Frank worked for many years as a newspaperman and researcher. His experiences with government and military bureaucracy and the threat of nuclear proliferation gave rise to many insights which came out in his fiction. After the success of Alas, Babylon in 1959, Frank concentrated on writing for magazines and journals, and advising various government bodies. In 1960 he served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. In 1961, the year in which he received an American Heritage Foundation Award, he was consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Council. From 1963 through 1964 he worked as a consultant to the Department of Defense. He died of pancreatitis in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964.
From the guide to the Pat Frank Papers, 1946-1958, (Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida)
Pat Frank was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1907. He became a resident of Atlantic Beach, Florida, and attended the University of Florida. He worked as a reporter in New York and in Jacksonville for the Jacksonville Journal. He served in the armed forces during World War II. Mr. Frank was the author of several books including Alas Babylon, Forbidden area, The long way round, Hold back the night, An affair of state, Mr. Adam, and many short stories.
From the description of Papers, 1941-1954. (Florida State University). WorldCat record id: 50677190