Carl Sagan (I) (1934–1996)

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Astronomer, educator and author Carl Sagan was perhaps the world's greatest popularizer of science, reaching millions of people through newspapers, magazines and television broadcasts. He is well-known for his work on the PBS series Cosmos (1980), the Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning show that became the most watched series in ... See full bio »

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  Cosmos: Possible Worlds (TV Series documentary) (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by - 12 episodes, 2020) (written by - 1 episode, 2020) (based on a story by - 1 episode, 2020)
- Seven Wonders of the New World (2020) ... (written by)
- Coming of Age in the Anthropocene (2020) ... (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by)
- Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (2020) ... (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by)
- A Tale of Two Atoms (2020) ... (based on a story by) / (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by)
- Magic Without Lies (2020) ... (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by)
 2015 Star Stuff: The Story of Carl Sagan (Short) (Inspired by the work and life of)
 2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (TV Series documentary) (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by - 13 episodes)
- Unafraid of the Dark (2014) ... (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by)
- The World Set Free (2014) ... (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by)
- The Immortals (2014) ... (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by)
- The Electric Boy (2014) ... (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by)
- The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth (2014) ... (inspired by "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" written by)
 2014 FanGirl Academy: 101 (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Earth Day 101 (2014)
 1997 Contact (based on the novel by) / (based on the story by)
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special) (segments "Galaxy Intro", "Carl Sagan")
  Cosmos (TV Mini-Series documentary) (creator - 13 episodes, 1980) (written by - 13 episodes, 1980)
- Who Speaks for Earth? (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Encyclopaedia Galactica (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
- The Persistence of Memory (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
- The Edge of Forever (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
- The Lives of the Stars (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
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Other Works:

Novel: "Contact" (filmed as Contact (1997)) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:

Carl Sagan Productions

Alternate Names:

Dr. Carl Sagan


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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[About "Blue Pale Dot", a photo taken by space probe Voyager I in 14 February 1990] Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and ... See more »


Despite being known for, and frequently quoted with, his famous phrase "billions and billions...", Carl Sagan never actually said this during the entire single-season run of Cosmos (1980). The actual phrase is "billions UPON billions", and the complete quote which includes this often-misquoted phrase is "A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars - billions upon billions of stars.". See more »


He mostly wore turtlenecks with suit coats.

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