American astronomer and Nobel laureate Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 9, 1934 and died in Seattle, Wash on December 20, 1996. He is best known as the presenter of the 1980 PBS television series Cosmos; as author of a range of popular science books such as The Demon-Haunted World, Broca's Brain, The Dragons of Eden, and Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors; as a columnist for Parade magazine; and as author of the novel Contact which was also released as a major motion picture.
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