Carl Sagan


Carl Sagan : biography

1934-11-9 – 20 December 1996

Awards and honors

  • Annual Award for Television Excellence—1981—Ohio State University—PBS series Cosmos
  • Apollo Achievement Award—National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal—National Aeronautics and Space Administration (twice: 1977 and ?)
  • Emmy—Outstanding Individual Achievement—1981—PBS series Cosmos
  • Emmy—Outstanding Informational Series—1981—PBS series Cosmos
  • Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal—National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Helen Caldicott Leadership Award – Awarded by Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Hugo Award—1981—Cosmos
  • Humanist of the Year—1981—Awarded by the American Humanist Association
  • American Philosophical Society—1995—Elected to membership.
  • In Praise of Reason Award—1987—Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
  • Isaac Asimov Award—1994—Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
  • John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award—1982—American Astronautical Society
  • Special non-fiction John W. Campbell Memorial Award—1974—The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective
  • Joseph Priestley Award—"For distinguished contributions to the welfare of mankind"
  • Klumpke-Roberts Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific—1974
  • Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Medal—Awarded by the Soviet Cosmonauts Federation
  • Locus Award 1986—Contact
  • Lowell Thomas Award—Explorers Club—75th Anniversary
  • Masursky Award—American Astronomical Society
  • Miller Research Fellowship—Miller Institute (1960–1962)
  • Oersted Medal—1990—American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Peabody Award—1980—PBS series Cosmos
  • Prix Galbert—The international prize of Astronautics
  • Public Welfare Medal—1994—National Academy of Sciences
  • Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction—1978—The Dragons of Eden
  • SF Chronicle Award—1998—Contact
  • Named the "99th Greatest American" on the June 5, 2005, Greatest American show on the Discovery Channel
  • Named an honorary member of the Demosthenian Literary Society on November 10, 2011
  • 2009 New Jersey Hall of Fame inductee.


  • Planets (LIFE Science Library), Sagan, Carl, Jonathan Norton Leonard and editors of Life, Time, Inc., 1966
  • Intelligent Life in the Universe, I.S. Shklovskii coauthor, Random House, 1966, ISBN 1-892803-02-X, 509 pgs (note: republished in 1998 by Emerson-Adams Press)
  • UFOs: A Scientific Debate, Thornton Page coauthor, Cornell University Press, 1972, 310 pgs
  • Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence. MIT Press, 1973, 428 pgs
  • Mars and the Mind of Man, Sagan, Carl, et al., Harper & Row, 1973, 143 pgs
  • The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective, Jerome Agel coauthor, Anchor Press, 1973, ISBN 0-521-78303-8, 301 pgs
  • Other Worlds. Bantam Books, 1975
  • Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record, Sagan, Carl, et al., Random House, ISBN 0-394-41047-5, 1978
  • The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence. Ballantine Books, 1978, ISBN 0-345-34629-7, 288 pgs
  • Broca’s Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science. Ballantine Books, 1979, ISBN 0-345-33689-5, 416 pgs
  • Cosmos. Random House, 1980. Random House New Edition, May 7, 2002, ISBN 0-375-50832-5, 384 pgs
  • The Cold and the Dark: The World after Nuclear War, Sagan, Carl et al., Sidgwick & Jackson, 1985
  • Comet, Ann Druyan coauthor, Ballantine Books, 1985, ISBN 0-345-41222-2, 496 pgs
  • Contact. Simon and Schuster, 1985; Reissued August 1997 by Doubleday Books, ISBN 1-56865-424-3, 352 pgs
  • A Path Where No Man Thought: Nuclear Winter and the End of the Arms Race, Richard Turco coauthor, Random House, 1990, ISBN 0-394-58307-8, 499 pgs
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: A Search for Who We Are, Ann Druyan coauthor, Ballantine Books, October 1993, ISBN 0-345-38472-5, 528 pgs
  • Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. Random House, November 1994, ISBN 0-679-43841-6, 429 pgs
  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. Ballantine Books, March 1996, ISBN 0-345-40946-9, 480 pgs (note: the book was first published and copyrighted in 1995 with an errata slip inserted)
  • Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium, Ann Druyan coauthor, Ballantine Books, June 1997, ISBN 0-345-37918-7, 320 pgs
  • The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God, Carl Sagan (writer) & Ann Druyan (editor), 1985 Gifford lectures, Penguin Press HC, November 2006, ISBN 1-59420-107-2, 304 pgs