Fred C. Adams is the co-author, with Gregory Laughlin, of The Five Ages of the Universe. Published by the Free Press, it has been translated into eight languages. Fred’s second book, Origins of Existence: How Life Emerged in the Universe was also published by the Free Press and has been translated into German, Finnish, and Russian.
He is professor of physics at the University of Michigan. He works in the general area of theoretical astrophysics with a focus on the study of star formation and cosmology. In 1991, Fred received the Robert J. Trumpler Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for his PhD dissertation. He is also the recipient of the Helen B. Warner Prize from the American Astronomical Society and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He has been awarded both the Excellence in Education Award and the Excellence in Research Award from the University of Michigan.