Frank J. Low

American astronomer (1933-2009)

Frank James Low (November 23, 1933June 11, 2009) was a solid state physicist who became a leader in the new field of infrared astronomy, after inventing the gallium doped germanium bolometer in 1961. This detector extended the range of the observable spectrum to much longer wavelengths.


  • Every object in the Universe with a temperature above absolute zero radiates in the infrared, so this part of the spectrum contains a great deal of information.
    • Low, Frank (May 2001). "Obituary: Frederick Gillett (1937-2001)". Nature 411 (6840): 906.

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