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VISIONARY

The beauty of science

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NAME

Carl Sagan
(1934–1996)

TITLE

Academic, Astronomer, Scientist

A QUOTABLE QUOTE

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.”

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Carl Sagan was probably the most well-known scientist of the 1970s and 1980s. He studied extraterrestrial intelligence, advocated for nuclear disarmament, and co-wrote and hosted 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage' television show. He was born on November 9, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from the University of Chicago, where he studied planets and explored theories of extraterrestrial intelligence. He was named director of Cornell’s Laboratory for Planetary Studies in 1968 and worked with NASA on several projects. An anti-nuclear activist, Sagan introduced the idea of “nuclear winter” in 1983. He wrote one novel, several books and academic papers and the TV series Cosmos, which was reborn on TV in 2014, before his 1996 death.

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