Neil Degrasse Tyson Facts

Neil Degrasse Tyson Facts
Neil deGrasse Tyson (born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. In 1996 he was named the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium. The planetarium is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson has been a research associate in the department of astrophysics since 2003.
Interesting Neil Degrasse Tyson Facts:
Neil Tyson was born in New York City and was the second of three children.
His mother was a gerontologist for the US Dept of Health and his father was a sociologist and human resource commissioner for New York City.
He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science where he was the editor of the Physical Science Journal and captain of the wrestling team.
The astronomer Carl Sagan noticed Tyson's college application and invited him to spend the day with at Cornell University.
Although he was recruited by Cornell University, he decide to attend Harvard and while there he lettered in wrestling and was a member of the rowing team.
In 1980 he earned his BA in Physics from Harvard University.
In 1983 he received an MA in astronomy from the University of Texas.
He received a master's degree in astrophysics from Columbia University in 1989 and his PhD in 1991.
He received funding for his graduate research project from NASA which enabled him to attend meetings abroad.
He assisted the Calan/Tololo Supernova Survey in Chile which led to improved measurement of the Hubble constant.
He was listed as 18th author with Brian Schmidt who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the study of the measurement of distances to Type II Supernovae.
After graduation he accepted a postdoctoral research position at Princeton University.
In 1996 he became the director of the Hayden Planetarium.
He credits mentors from the Planetarium with exciting his interest in astrophysics and he feels an obligation to mentor others and bring astrophysics into the popular arena.
From 1995 to 2005 he wrote a monthly column, titled Universe, in Natural History magazine.
At the same time he wrote a monthly column for StarDate magazine in which he answered questions from readers.
He received the NASA Distinguished Public Service in 2004.
In 2005 he was awarded the Science Writing Award and in 2007 was winner of the Klopsteg Memorial Award.
In 2015 he received the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal for his "extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science.
He has hosted television shows for Nova and been an engaging and popular guest on several comedy shows to make science accessible to the general public.
His has written ten books including The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution.
His book, Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, was a New York Times bestseller.
He has served on several government commissions tasked with recommending our future space policy.


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