By: Andrew Butterfield and Chase De La Cruz
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: December 20, 1996 (Age 62)
Place of Death: Seattle, Washington
Attended the University of Chicago and received a Bachelor of the Arts in Nothing (1954), a Bachelor of Science in Physics (1955), a Masters of Science in Physics (1956), and finally a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1960).
He had a sister named Carol, a father named Samuel, and a mother name Rachel. They lived in an apartment in Brooklyn.
From 1962 to 68, Sagan worked at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He lectured and did research at Harvard University during the same period. He moved to Cornell University and became a full time professor by 1971.
Apple code named a computer the "Carl Sagan", but worried that it would be viewed as an endorsement, Sagan sent a cease and desist letter. Apple complied, but changed the code name to "BHA", or "Butt-Head Astronomer".
Sagan was an adviser for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Sagan was a major popularizer of astronomy to the general public, similar to what Neil Degrasse Tyson is doing today.