The Cornell University Institute which is in the constant search for signs of life among the multi billion stars in the universe is being named in honor of the world renowned stargazer, Carl Sagan.
It was announced on Saturday by Cornell representative that the Carl Sagan Institute plans to honor the famous astronomer who for three decades taught at the famous institution. Sagan, who died at the age of 62 in 1996, after battling a bone marrow degenerative disease, is world renowned for exalting the universe’s grandeur in books and shows like “Cosmos.”
Various researchers from a variety of disciplines that includes astrophysics, biology and geology, work hand in hand at the institute in the pursuit of signs of extra-terrestrial life.
“This is an honor worth waiting for because it’s really commensurate with who Carl was. It’s worthy of him and much more meaningful than a statue or a building,” Sagan’s wife and collaborator, Ann Druyan told The Associated Press.
Upon the arrival at Cornell of astrophysicist Lisa Kaltenegger as its director, the institute was founded just last year. However, it had been dubbed as the Institute for Pale Blue Dots as it gears up for work. The announcement made by Druyan on Saturday morning signifies the official launch of the institute.
Druyan said she was the one who suggested the name change to Kaltenegger, who she describes as Sagan’s “kindred spirit”. Kaltenegger happily consented, Druyan said.