Ann Druyan Biography
Ann Druyan is an American writer and producer specializing in the communication of science. She became famous after she co-wrote the 1980 PBS documentary series Cosmos, hosted by Carl Sagan, whom she married in 1981. Ann is the creator, producer, and writer of the 2014 sequel, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
Ann was the Creative Director of NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Message Project, the golden discs affixed to both the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft.
Ann Druyan Age
Ann was born on June 13, 1949, in Queens, New York. She is 72 years old.
Ann Druyan Family
Ann was born in Queens, New York. She is the daughter of Pearl A. (née Goldsmith) and Harry Druyan, who co-owned a knitwear firm.
Ann Druyan On Carl Sagan’s Death
Ann married Carl Sagan an astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. They later had two children, Alexandra and Samuel Sagan. Ann and Carl Sagan remained married until his death in 1996. Carl lived in an Egyptian revival house in Ithaca perched on the edge of a cliff that had formerly been the headquarters of a Cornell secret society.
Ann Druyan stated:
When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me—it still sometimes happens and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl.
Ann edited Sagan’s 1985 Glasgow Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology into a book, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God in 2006, in which he elaborates on his views of divinity in the natural world.
Carl Sagan Death
After suffering from myelodysplasia for two years and receiving three bone marrow transplants from his sister, Carol, Sagan died from pneumonia at the age of 62, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, in the early morning of December 20, 1996. Burial took place at Lakeview Cemetery in Ithaca, New York.
Ann Druyan Quotes
- “Ten long trips around the sun since I last saw that smile, but only joy and thankfulness that on a tiny world in the vastness, for a couple of moments in the immensity of time, we were one.”
- And what greater might do we possess as human beings than our capacity to question and to learn?”
- “If you are searching for sacred knowledge and not just a palliative for your fears, then you will train yourself to be a good skeptic.”
- “No single step in the pursuit of enlightenment should ever be considered sacred; only the search was.”
- “Our stars are not where we last admired them. Our homes crumble and we don’t know which place to long for.”
- “I’m just at the age when time speeds up in an odd way. Do you know what I mean? The winters come closer together and you learn to accept that you’re not special anymore.”
Ann Druyan Books
Ann’s first novel, A Famous Broken Heart, was published in 1977. She co-wrote six New York Times best-sellers with Carl Sagan, including Comet, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, and The Demon-Haunted World.
Ann is co-author, along with Carl Sagan, F. D. Drake, Timothy Ferris, Jon Lomberg, and Linda Salzman Sagan, of Murmurs Of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record. She wrote the updated introduction to Sagan’s book The Cosmic Connection, and the epilogue of Billions and Billions. Ann wrote the introduction to and edited The Varieties of Scientific Experience, published from Sagan’s 1985 Gifford lectures.
- Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors J
- The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God
- A famous broken heart: A fantasy novel
Ann Druyan Net Worth
Ann Druyan’s estimated net worth ranges between $1 million – $5 million.