Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson. (Photo credit: NASA video, 2014; public domain)

Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958–    ), born in New York City, is an astrophysicist whose writings and presentations have brought outer space a little closer home for understanding. In addition to serving as the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City, where his research interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the formation of the Milky Way, he is a prolific author, speaker, and television presenter. His most recent book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017), topped the New York Times best sellers list for hardcover nonfiction. In 2014, he was executive editor and on-camera host and narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, which was a continuation of Carl Sagan's television series. The show, which was seen in 181 countries, won many awards, including four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and two Critics Choice Awards. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the product of public education, having graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. He completed his education with a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University and a doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University. During his career, he has served on several federal government commissions, written for dozens of professional publications, and was an essayist for Natural History magazine.

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