Carl Sagan — American Scientist born on November 09, 1934, died on December 20, 1996

Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. His contributions were central to the discovery of the high surface temperatures of Venus. However, he is best known for his contributions to the scientific research of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. Sagan assembled the first physical messages that were sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them... (wikipedia)

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.
I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.