Carl Sagan
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Carl Edward Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Carl Edward Sagan
Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 14 Jun 1957 (to 1965) in Cook County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 6 Apr 1968 (to 1981) [location unknown]
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Died at age 62 in Seattle, King County, Washington, United Statesmap
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Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, science populizer, and science communicator.[1]

Carl Edward Sagan was born on 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.[2][1]

In the 1940 United States Federal Census, Carol Sagan (aged 5) was the son of Sam and Rachel Sagan in New York, Kings, New York.[3]

In the 1950 United States Federal Census, Carl E Sagan (aged 15) was the never-married son of Sam and Rachel Sagan with his sister, Carol M. Sagan in Rahway, Union, New Jersey, United States.[4]

Carl married Lynn Petra Alexander on June 14, 1957, in Cook County, Illinois, United States.[5]

He and his first wife, Lynn had two sons. He divorced Lynn in 1964.

He married his second wife on April 6, 1968, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He and his second wife had a son. He and his second wife had a divorce on 6 May 1981 in Los Angeles, California.[6]

He married his third wife on June 1, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. He and his third wife had four sons and a daughter.

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][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wikipedia contributors, "Carl Sagan," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed August 21, 2014).
  2. Birth: "New York, New York, U.S., Birth Index, 1910-1965"
    Original data: New York City Department of Health, courtesy of Digital Images; Certificate Number: 36058
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 61457 #2533868 (accessed 16 April 2024)
    Carl E Sagan was born on 9 Nov 1934 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA.
  3. 1940 Census: "1940 United States Federal Census", Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, Kings, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02592; Page: 62A; Enumeration District: 24-1796B, Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 2442 #10792873 (accessed 16 April 2024)
    Carol Sagan (5), single son, in the household of Sam Sagan (35) in New York, Kings, New York. Born in the United States.

    1940 United States Federal Census: New York, Kings, New York
    Name Sex Race Age Status Relation Occupation Birth Place
    Sam Sagan M White 35 Married Head Cutter Russia
    Rachel Sagan F White 33 Married Wife United States
    Carol Sagan M White 5 Single Son United States

  4. 1950 Census: "1950 United States Federal Census"
    National Archives at Washington, DC; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Year: 1950; Census Place: Rahway, Union, New Jersey; Roll: 2486; Page: 17; Enumeration District: 20-161
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 62308 #165656931 (accessed 16 April 2024)
    Carl E Sagan (15), single son, in the household of Sam Sagan (45) in Rahway, Union, New Jersey, USA. Born in New York.

    1950 United States Federal Census: Rahway, Union, New Jersey, USA
    Name Sex Race Age Status Relation Occupation Birth Place
    Sam Sagan M White 45 Married Head Production Manager New York
    Rachel M Sagan F White 40 Married Wife New York
    Carl E Sagan M White 15 Never married Son New York
    Carol M Sagan F White 8 Never married Daughter New York

  5. 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

  6. Divorce: "California, U.S., Divorce Index, 1966-1984", Original data: State of California. California Divorce Index, 1966-1984. Microfiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 1141 #3400550 (accessed 16 April 2024)
    Carl Sagan divorce from Linda R. on 6 May 1981 in Los Angeles.

  7. 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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