Battelle Memorial Institute, a private nonprofit organization that conducts research in the physical, natural, and social sciences. Research is carried out on a contract basis for individuals; corporations; and municipal, state, and federal government agencies. Battelle began operating in 1929 under the terms of the endowment of Gordon Battelle, an Ohio industrialist. The institute has major laboratories at Columbus, Ohio; Richland, Washington; Geneva, Switzerland; and Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Headquarters are in Columbus.
One was a celebrated author, the other a famed physicist. What the two shared was a public exposure of their religious beliefs. Big E had an on-again, off-again relationship with God, while C.S. was an avowed atheist during his early years.
He may have been born in Brooklyn, but Carl Sagan was gunning for the stars as soon as he arrived in this world. Get to know the scientist whose infectious delight in the universe still holds us spellbound.