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 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 9,522,281 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 92 in 2019). Carl Sagan is the 14th most popular astronomer, the 154th most popular biography from United States (down from 146th 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 14 out of 532Before him are Edwin Hubble, Aristarchus of Samos, William Herschel, Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, and Ole Rømer. After him are Ja'far al-Sadiq, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Edmond Halley, Charles Messier, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi.

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Among people born in 1934, Carl Sagan ranks 9Before him are Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Leonard Cohen, Maggie Smith, Giorgio Armani, and Albert II of Belgium. After him are Judi Dench, Gene Cernan, Nana Mouskouri, Shirley MacLaine, Daniel Kahneman, and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark. Among people deceased in 1996, Carl Sagan ranks 5Before him are Baba Vanga, François Mitterrand, Marcello Mastroianni, and Tupac Shakur. After him are Thomas Kuhn, Marguerite Duras, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Ella Fitzgerald, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Joseph Brodsky, and René Lacoste.

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Among people born in United States, Carl Sagan ranks 154 out of 15,968Before him are James Watson (1928), Vin Diesel (1967), James Brown (1933), Ray Charles (1930), Barbra Streisand (1942), and Clark Gable (1901). After him are Paul Newman (1925), Tom Hanks (1956), Jane Fonda (1937), John Tyler (1790), John Wayne (1907), and Bobby Fischer (1943).

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), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Asaph Hall (1829), Percival Lowell (1855), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Lewis A. Swift (1820), and J. Allen Hynek (1910).