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Sagan, Carl (1934–1996)
David Alexander Lukaszek
Jewish-American astronomer and physicist Carl Sagan was known for both his popularizing of science and addressing social issues with an evolutionary awareness. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Carl Sagan was one of two children born to Sam Sagan and Rachel (Gruber) Sagan. Considered to be an intelligent and inquisitive child, his interest in science began at an early age due to the ever-growing popularity of science fiction as well as advancements in technology. Graduated from Rahway High School (1951), Sagan entered the “Hutchins Program” at the University of Chicago, where he received his BA in 1954 and 1955 (general and physics) and MA (physics) in 1956. Sagan continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley and received a PhD (astronomy/astrophysics) in 1960. Considered an inspirational teacher, Sagan taught at both Harvard University (1962–1968) and Cornell University where he was director of the Laboratory of Planetary Studies. Yet his major ...