Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, exobiology pioneer, astrophysicist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence. He also wrote the novel Contact, which was adapted into the 1997 Robert Zemeckis film of the same name, starring Jodie Foster. Other books include
Cosmos (1980) (the companion to his popular TV series), The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective (1973), Other Worlds (1975), Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994), and Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the End of the Millennium (1997).
Professor Carl Sagan often speculated about the possibility of extraterrestrial life in the universe and actually co-founded the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), which searches for signals from intelligent extraterrestrials. He helped stimulate popular interest in astronomy, physics, and exobiology, the study of extraterrestrial life, via
his scientific papers, articles, books, TV appearances and his popular lectures. He was co-founder and President (1979-96) of The Planetary Society, the largest space-interest group in the world.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Carl Edward Sagan
Date, time, and place of birth: November 9, 1934, at 5:05 p.m., Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Date, place and cause of death: December 20, 1996, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. (Pneumonia/Myelodysplasia)
Note: Myelodysplasia in a bone marrow cancer.
Wife: Lynn Alexander (m. June 16, 1957 - 1963/1964) (divorced)
(mother of Dorion Sagan and Jeremy Sagan)
Wife: Linda Salzman (m. April 6, 1968 - 1978) (divorced) (mother of Nick Sagan)
Wedding took place at the MIT Chapel, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Wife: Ann Druyan (m. June 1, 1981 - December 20, 1996) (his death) (mother of Alexandra and Sam Sagan)
Wedding took place at the Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Sons: Dorion Solomon Sagan (b. 1959)
Jeremy Ethan Sagan (b. October 1960)
Nick Sagan (b. Nicholas Julian Zapata Sagan, September 16, 1970)
Samuel Democritus Druyan Sagan (b. 1991)
Daughter: Sasha Sagan (b. Alexandra Rachel Druyan Sagan, November 1982)
Father: Samuel Sagan (a garment worker/factory manager) (b. March 2, 1905, Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine - d. October 7, 1979, Los Angeles, California)
Mother: Rachel Molly (Gruber) Sagan (a homemaker) (b. November 23, 1907, New York City, New York - d. February 1982, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts)
Burial site: Lakeview Cemetery, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.
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