Scientist. He was an American astronomer and science writer who used his talents not only for scientific research and government space projects but also in mass media. He obtained his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1960 and taught at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard university and also worked at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (1962 to 1968). He is perhaps best known for his work (as co-producer and narrator) in his television series "Cosmos" (1980). Major publications included "Atmospheres of Mars and Venus" (1961); "Planetary Exploration" (1970); "The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective" (1973); "Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science" (1979); the novel "Contact" (1985); "Nuclear Winter" (1985); and "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" (1996).
Lynn Petra Alexander Margulis
1938–2011 (m. 1957)