Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.
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Sagan in 1980
Born Carl Edward Sagan
November 9, 1934
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died December 20, 1996 (aged 62) Residence United States Nationality American Fields Astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, astrobiology, space science, planetary science Institutions Cornell University Alma mater University of Chicago
(B.A.), (B.Sc.), (M.Sc.), (Ph.D.)
Known for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Notable awards NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (1977)
Oersted Medal (1990)
Spouse Lynn Margulis (1957–65)
Linda Salzman (1968–81)
Ann Druyan (1981–96)
Carl Edward Sagan (pron.: /ˈseɪɡən/; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) 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 scientifically skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
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.