A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – S

For Letter S, my choice is Carl Sagan

Facts about Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan died at 62 years old
Born: November 9, 1934
Died: December 20, 1996
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Best known as  The astronomer who did the TV series Cosmos

Carl Sagan Biography

Astronomer TV Personality 

Astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan was best known for his 1980 documentary TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The highly successful program, on public television, spawned a bestselling companion book that helped make Sagan one of the most famous faces in American science. He did his studies at the University of Chicago in the 1950s, earning his doctorate there in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 1960. He lectured at Harvard in the late 1960s, and after 1968 Sagan had a career-long relationship with New York’s Cornell University as a lecturer and researcher. An advisor to NASA since the early 1970s, Sagan had a role in robotic space programs such as Pioneer and Voyager — he was instrumental in designing interplanetary messages to whatever-might-be-out-there. His most visible role, however, was as a celebrity scientist who championed space exploration and studies into the origin of life. The recipient of numerous international awards, Sagan was a co-editor of Icarus, a journal of astronomy and planetary research, a co-founder of The Planetary Society, and a best-selling author of several books on science. He also wrote the 1985 science fiction novel Contact, the basis for the 1997 Jodie Foster movie. Sagan died in 1996 after a bout with pneumonia, brought on by his battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder.

I remember watching Cosmos and being fascinated with it. Sagan had that charismatic personality that pulled people towards him. He made science, astrophysics, and the topic of exploration of space popular. Sagan has inspired countless people to venture into the field of science and astrophysics



23 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – S

      1. I’ve been watching the Sun’s movement toward Solstice in June. I’ll be posting again this afternoon. I’ve been trying to sort my schedule and catch up on stuff that got put off while Ben was home.
        I’m finding it difficult to read all the blogs I follow, definitely not enough time to post lately.
        It’s always about TIME and finding a balance. 💕

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