Carl Sagan
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Carl Edward Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Carl Edward Sagan
Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [private sister (1940s - unknown)]
Husband of — married 14 Jun 1957 (to 1965) in Cook County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Husband of [private wife (1940s - unknown)]
Husband of [private wife (1940s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (1950s - unknown)], [private son (1950s - unknown)], [private son (1970s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
Died at age 62 in Seattle, King County, Washington, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Aug 2014 | Last significant change: 6 Jun 2022
16:43: Abby (Brown) Glann edited the Biography for Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1996). (Categorization. ) [Thank Abby for this]
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Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, science populizer, and science communicator.[1]

Carl Edward Sagan was born 9 November 1934 in Brooklyn, New York to Sam Sagan and Rachel Molly (Gruber) Sagan. Theirs was a reformed Jewish household. His father was an immigrant from Kamianets-Podilskyi, Russia (now Ukraine), while his mother was from New York.[1]

Carl married Lynn Petra Alexander on June 14, 1957 in Cook County, Illinois, United States.[2]

Carl's scientific work was key in the discovery of the high surface temperature on Venus. He is best known for his contributions to the scientific research of extraterrestrial life. He published more than 600 scientific papers and authored or co-authored over 20 books. His TV series, "Cosmos" is the most widely watched series in the history of American television. In addition to his nonfiction work, he also wrote the science fiction novel, "Contact," which was the basis for the 1997 movie.[1]

Carl died of pneumonia at the age of 62 on 20 December 1996 in Seattle, Washington, after suffering from myelodysplasia, and receiving three bone marrow transplants. He was buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Ithaca, New York.[1][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wikipedia contributors, "Carl Sagan," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed August 21, 2014).
  2. Marriage Index. "Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960" (Ancestry Record 1500 #5444097: accessed 24 May 2022).

    Name Lynn Alexander
    Marriage Date 14 Jun 1957
    Spouse Carl Sagan
    Marriage Location Cook County, IL
    Marriage license {148B6C22-600E-451C-B597-E366DE0581A5}
    File Number 2446391
    Archive collection name Cook County Genealogy Records (Marriages)
    Archive repository location Chicago, IL
    Archive repository name Cook County Clerk

  3. Burial. Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 23 May 2022), memorial page for Carl Sagan (9 Nov 1934–20 Dec 1996), Find A Grave: Memorial #1347, citing Lake View Cemetery, Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave.

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We are featuring this profile in the Connection Finder this week. Between now and Wednesday is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can.



posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
I shall do my best to find out more about Carl Sagan's family.
posted by William Lindsay
My husband is Carl's first cousin, once removed. I have a lot of information about the Sagan's. How can I help?
posted by Susan Hagan