mindgarden saidHe was nominated, but not elected to the National Academy of Sciences. I've heard, from people who were there, that there was a surprisingly heated debate over the matter.
(Most of the nominees were people that few of the members had ever heard of, but everyone had an opinion on Sagan.)
I personally never met the man, though I've worked on projects with one of his students and one of his wives.
I had a similar brush with one of my favorites, Bucky Fuller, whereby I never met the man but worked in a minor way with his nephew on his World Symposium on Peace. Such a thrill for me at the time as I adored the guy. (that and the nephew was hot.)
You were lucky to get that close to Sagan. I thought he was wonderful. So accomplished. So fun to listen to. That must have been quite an experience to be one of his students. Just imagine how engaging his classes were.
His wiki reads wonderfully. That list of honors is amazing, just about everything from a Pulitzer to an Emmy with NASA medal thrown in. That's quite the resume!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_SaganIsaac Asimov described Sagan as one of only two people he ever met whose intellect surpassed his own
I was amusing myself with a thought, wondering if his early death didn't possibly coincide with the rise of fundamentalism, thinking about how he made science so fun and accessible as to make religion boring. Well look at what the fuck I found... I call it the Sagan Effect.
Look at the lines from 1983 to 1997. Sagan sadly died too soon in Dec 1996...