Sunday, October 01, 2006

Carl Sagan - Wikipedia

Born November 9, 1934
Brooklyn, New York
Died December 20, 1996
Seattle, Washington

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrobiologist, and highly successful science popularizer. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He is world-famous for writing popular science books and for co-writing and presenting the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos, then the most-watched PBS program of all time,[1] until 1990's The Civil War. A book to accompany the program was also published. He also wrote the novel Contact, the basis for the 1997 film of the same name starring Jodie Foster. Throughout his career he wrote more than 400 published scientific and popular articles. In his works, he frequently advocated skepticism, humanism, and the scientific method.


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