Carl Sagan

1934 - 1996

Carl Sagan

Carl Edward Sagan (; 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 research on 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 7,459,059 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 14th most popular astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Carl Sagan ranks 14 out of 495Before him are Aristarchus of Samos, Edwin Hubble, Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, Ole Rømer, and William Herschel. After him are Ja'far al-Sadiq, Charles Messier, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Robert Woodrow Wilson, and Edmond Halley.

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Among people born in 1934, Carl Sagan ranks 8Before him are Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Charles Manson, Leonard Cohen, Giorgio Armani, and Albert II of Belgium. After him are Gene Cernan, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Nana Mouskouri, Ulrike Meinhof, and Shirley MacLaine. Among people deceased in 1996, Carl Sagan ranks 6Before him are François Mitterrand, Baba Vanga, Marcello Mastroianni, Tupac Shakur, and Thomas Kuhn. After him are Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Ella Fitzgerald, Marguerite Duras, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Joseph Brodsky, and Adolf Galland.

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Among people born in United States, Carl Sagan ranks 146 out of 12,171Before him are John Wayne (1907), J. D. Salinger (1919), Buzz Aldrin (1930), George Gershwin (1898), Bobby Fischer (1943), and Thomas Kuhn (1922). After him are Peter Falk (1927), James Brown (1933), Sharon Tate (1943), Vin Diesel (1967), David Rockefeller (1915), and B.B. King (1925).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Carl Sagan ranks 2Before him are Edwin Hubble (1889). After him are Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Asaph Hall (1829), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Percival Lowell (1855), Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (1941), Edward Emerson Barnard (1857), and Vera Rubin (1928).