On December 20, 1996, at the age of 62, died one of the greatest minds of 20th century: Carl Sagan, an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, popularizer of science and rational thinking. He died at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, after a long and difficult fight with myelodysplasia. I don't think I have to tell you about his importance, and the role he played in the popularization and defense of rational thought.
Carl Sagan is one of my role-models, a figure which I shall forever remember by his playful smile, the way he admired the beauty of nature, and the way he talked about it. When I first watched 'Cosmos', I immediately knew 'what I wanted to be when I grow up'.
Carl, you will never be forgotten.