Carl Sagan

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Carl SagenName: Carl Sagan

Born: November 9, 1934, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Death: December 20, 1996 (Age: 62)

Computer-related contributions

  • Astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator.
  • Isaac Asimov described Sagan as one of only two people he would admit were more intelligent than he was, the other being Marvin Minsky.
  • Known for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI); Cosmos: A Personal Voyage; Cosmos; Voyager Golden Record; Pioneer plaque; Contact; Pale Blue Dot.

Significant publications

  • Contact. Simon and Schuster, (1985).
  • The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God, Carl Sagan (writer) & Ann Druyan (editor), (1985).
  • He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books.

Honors and awards

  • NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (1977).
  • Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (1978).
  • Oersted Medal (1990).
  • National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal (1994).