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Further Award

The National Geographic Further Award recognizes a leader whose work is uniquely innovative, timely, and impactful—someone who has boldly pushed the boundaries of his or her field, and who serves as an outstanding ambassador for that breakthrough work.

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2020 Honoree



Creator, Executive Producer, Writer & Director

Ann Druyan is the creator behind the most successful science franchise in history: COSMOS. The third season of the highly anticipated series, COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS, returns to National Geographic on March 9, 2020. In addition to creating the season, she is executive producer, writer and director.

Like its predecessors, COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS has been helmed under Druyan’s leadership along with the original creative team of Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark. Additionally, she wrote the show’s companion book, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which is published by National Geographic and slated for release on February 25, 2020, in advance of the series premiere.    

Druyan, an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning writer, producer and director specializing in the communication of science, served for 10 years as the elected secretary of the Federation of American Scientists and began her writing career with the publication of her first novel, A Famous Broken Heart. She was the creative director of NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Message and program director of the first solar sail deep-space mission, launched on a Russian ICBM in 2005.

She is perhaps most renowned for co-writing the original 1980s Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning TV series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” with her late husband, Carl Sagan, which currently holds the title of the most-watched PBS series in television history. The duo also co-wrote six New York Times bestsellers, including Comet, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, The Demon Haunted World, Billions & Billions and The Varieties of Scientific Experience. Additionally, Druyan was co-creator and co-producer of the Warner Bros. feature film “Contact,” starring Jodie Foster and directed by Bob Zemeckis.

As founder and CEO of Cosmos Studios, since 2000, Druyan has produced some of the most acclaimed science-based entertainment, including the Emmy Award-nominated “Cosmic Journey: The Voyager Interstellar Mission and Message.” Druyan built on the success of the 1980s “Cosmos,” by creating “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” for Fox and National Geographic. Druyan was the lead executive producer, one of the directors and co-writer, for which she won the Peabody, Producer’s Guild and Emmy Awards in 2014. The series, which received 13 Emmy nominations, was seen in 181 countries and by more than 135 million people worldwide. 

“The asteroids 2709 (Sagan) and 4970 (Druyan) are in perpetual wedding ring orbit around the Sun.”