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Carl Sagan

1934 - 1996

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Carl Edward Sagan (; SAY-gən; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator. His best known scientific contribution is his research on the possibility of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. Sagan assembled the first physical messages sent into space, the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl Sagan has received more than 11,130,310 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Carl Sagan is the 15th most popular astronomer (down from 14th in 2019), the 185th most popular biography from United States (down from 154th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Astronomer.

Carl Sagan is most famous for his work in the field of astronomy. He was a professor at Cornell University and taught astronomy and astrophysics. He also wrote many books about science, including "Cosmos" and "Pale Blue Dot."

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Among astronomers, Carl Sagan ranks 15 out of 531Before him are Aristarchus of Samos, Edwin Hubble, Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, Ole Rømer, and Ja'far al-Sadiq. After him are Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Aryabhata, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Edmond Halley, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and Robert Woodrow Wilson.

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Among people born in 1934, Carl Sagan ranks 10Before him are Charles Manson, Maggie Smith, Leonard Cohen, Albert II of Belgium, Giorgio Armani, and Judi Dench. After him are Gene Cernan, Leonid Kravchuk, Nana Mouskouri, Daniel Kahneman, Shirley MacLaine, and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark. Among people deceased in 1996, Carl Sagan ranks 6Before him are Baba Vanga, François Mitterrand, Marcello Mastroianni, Thomas Kuhn, and Tupac Shakur. After him are Krzysztof Kieślowski, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Marguerite Duras, Dzhokhar Dudayev, Ella Fitzgerald, and Joseph Brodsky.

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Among people born in United States, Carl Sagan ranks 185 out of 18,182Before him are David Lynch (1946), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Sigourney Weaver (1949), James Monroe (1758), Samuel Colt (1814), and Richard Gere (1949). After him are Ray Bradbury (1920), Tom Selleck (1945), Talcott Parsons (1902), James Madison (1751), Scatman John (1942), and Gary Cooper (1901).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Carl Sagan ranks 2Before him are Edwin Hubble (1889). After him are Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Asaph Hall (1829), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Vera Rubin (1928), Percival Lowell (1855), and Russell Alan Hulse (1950).