Carl Sagan

Physicist, Academic

1934 – 1996

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Who was Carl Sagan?

Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. He spent most of his career as a professor of astronomy at Cornell University where he directed the Laboratory for Planetary Studies. He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. He advocated scientific skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

Sagan is known for his popular science books and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote. The book Cosmos was published to accompany the series. Sagan wrote the novel Contact, the basis for a 1997 film of the same name.

Sagan also appeared on a television special The Earth Day Special which aired April 22, 1990.

Famous Quotes:

  • A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.
  • A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
  • We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

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Born
Nov 9, 1934
Brooklyn
Also known as
  • Carl Edward Sagan
  • carl_sagan
  • Dr. Carl Sagan
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Pantheism
  • Humanism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Rahway High School
    ( - 1951)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Chicago
    Physics
    ( - 1955)
  • Master of Science, University of Chicago
    Physics
    ( - 1956)
  • Doctorate, University of Chicago
    Astrophysics
    ( - 1960)
  • Astronomy
Employment
  • Harvard University
  • Cornell University
  • The Planetary Society
Lived in
  • Ithaca
  • Brooklyn
  • United States of America
Died
Dec 20, 1996
Seattle
Resting place
Ithaca

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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