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2. Education and Academic Career

Sagan had broad intellectual interests. He earned several degrees throughout his education and had an extensive academic career.

  • Attended the University of Chicago on a scholarship in 1951
  • Received doctorates in astronomy and astrophysics in 1960
  • Two years at Berkeley and Sanford as a post-doctoral fellow in biology
  • Assistant professor of the Harvard College astronomy faculty
  • The position of David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary studies at Cornell University in 1968
  • Remained at Cornell until his death in 1996
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