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Carl Sagan

Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Writer
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Net worth 2018: $10 Million
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Country: United States
BirthDay: 9 November 1934
Died On: December 20, 1996
Education: University of Chicago, (B.A.), (B.Sc.), (M.Sc.), (Ph.D.)

Carl Sagan was bornon 9 November 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., American, is Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Writer. Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astro-biologist and author. He developed interest in astronomy quite early at the age of five he first learned that the sun was actually a star and all stars are as big as sun. Much later, while studying in Chicago University, he came to know that astronomers make good money. All along, he had been pursuing astronomy as a hobby; now he was glad to know that he could take it up as his profession. Thereafter, he earned his PhD in astrophysics and after a brief period of fellowship at University of California, he took up teaching position, first at Harvard University and then at Cornell. Concurrently, he was also appointed a visiting scientist at NASA. Although he was a renowned scientist, working on planetary atmospheres, in astrobiology, and on the origin of life, he is best known for his work on extraterrestrial life. He also worked tirelessly to popularize science and authored many papers and books and regularly took part in television programs. All these made him the most known scientist in 1970s and 1980s.


Later he developed pneumonia and died from it in the early morning of December 20, 1996


His last major work was ‘The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark’ (1995)


‘Cosmos’ was followed by bestsellers like ’Contact’ (1985), ‘Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space’ (1994) etc


In 1981, he married Ann Druyan, an award winning writer and producer specializing in the communication of science


However, his best known work was ‘Cosmos’, published in 1980


His 1977 book, ‘The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence’, was another of his popular works


In 1976, he became the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences, a position he held for the remainder of his life


Concurrently, he continued working as a consultant to NASA and in 1975, helped select the Mars landing sites for the Viking probes


‘Jerome Agel, The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective’, published in 1973, was first to turn him into a popular science writer


In 1972, Sagan became the Associate Director of the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research (CRSR) at Cornell and held the post till 1981


In 1971, together with Frank Drake, Sagan co-designed the first physical message aimed at extraterrestrial intelligence


In 1970, he became a full professor and also the Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at the University


In 1968, on being refused academic tenure at Harvard, Sagan joined Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) as an associate professor


In 1962, Sagan joined Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, an affiliated institute of Harvard University, as an assistant professor


In 1960, Carl Edward Sagan began his career as a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Barkley


In 1958, while still pursuing his graduation work, Carl had the good fortune to work with Kuiper on the classified military Project A119


In1948, the family shifted to Rahway, New Jersey and Carl was enrolled at Rahway High School and graduated from there in 1951


In 1939, when he was not yet five, he was taken to New York’s World Fair by his parents


Carl Edward Sagan was born on November 9, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York

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