Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996.

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Death 1996-12-20
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Carl Sagan

  • 1934, Nov. 9: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1954: A.B., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1955: B.S., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1956: M.S., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1957: Married Lynn Alexander (divorced 1963)
  • 1960: Ph. D., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1960 - 1962 : Miller Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Calif.
  • 1962 - 1968 : Assistant professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1966: Published with I. S. Shklovskii Intelligent Life in the Universe. San Francisco: Holden-Day
  • 1968: Married Linda Salzman (divorced 1981)
  • 1968 - 1970 : Associate professor of astronomy and space sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Research associate, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 - 1974 : Vice chairman, working group on Moon and Planets, Space Organization, International Council of Scientific Unions
  • 1968 - 1996 : Professor of astronomy and space sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Director, Laboratory for Planetary Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • 1967 - 1972 : Lecturer, Apollo flight crews, National Aeronautics and Space Agency
  • 1971: Chairman and United States delegate, Joint Conference on United States and Soviet Academies of Science on Communications with Extraterrestrial Intelligence
  • 1972: Awarded NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement for the Mariner 9 mission to Mars
  • 1973: Editor, Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CETI). Cambridge: MIT Press Published The Cosmic Connection; An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press
  • 1972 - 1981 : Associate director, Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • 1976 - 1996 : David Duncan professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • 1977: Published Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence. New York: Random House; awarded Pulitzer Prize Awarded NASA Medal for Distinguished Public Service
  • 1978 - 1985 : President of the CETI Foundation
  • 1979 - 1990s : President of the Planetary Society
  • 1980: Premier of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, a television series for the Public Broadcasting Service that Sagan hosted
  • 1981: Married Ann Druyan Awarded NASA Medal for Distinguished Public Service
  • 1986 - 1990s : Visiting scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
  • 1990: Awarded Oersted Medal, American Association of Physics Teachers
  • 1994: Received Public Welfare Medal, National Academy of Sciences
  • 1996, Dec. 20: Died, Seattle, Washington

Ann Druyan

  • 1949, June 13: Born, Queens, N.Y.
  • 1967 - 1971 : Attended New York University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1977: Published A Famous Broken Heart: A Fantasy Novel. New York: Stonehill Publishing Co. Served as creative director of the Voyager Interstellar Record Project
  • 1978: Published with Carl Sagan Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record. New York: Random House
  • 1980: Premier of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, the television series that she co-wrote with Sagan and Steven Soter
  • 1981: Married Carl Sagan
  • 1985: Published with Carl Sagan Comet. New York: Random House
  • 1986: Writer and producer of “Confessions of a Weaponeer,” an episode of NOVA for the Public Broadcasting Service network
  • 1992: Published with Carl Sagan Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: A Search for Who We Are. New York: Random House
  • 1997: Premier of Contact, a motion picture in which she served as co-producer and co-creator, based on a story co-written with Sagan
  • 2002: Co-writer for the documentary “The Search for Life: Are We Alone?”
  • 2006: Edited, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View for the Search for God. New York: Penguin Press
  • 2012 - : Writer and producer of a new television series Cosmos to premier on Fox in 2014

From the guide to the The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive, 1860-2004, (bulk 1962-1997), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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