Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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  • Born in Manhattan as a middle child with two siblings, Neil deGrasse Tyson grew up around the Bronx. His mother was a gerontologist named Sunchita Feliciano Tyson. His father was a sociologist named Cyril deGrasse Tyson.
  • Growing up, Neil deGrasse Tyson went to the Bronx High School of Science from 1972-1976 where there was an emphasis on astrophysics then. Apart from being the captain of their wrestling team, he was also the editor-in-chief of “Physical Science” which was the school’s paper.
  • His love for astronomy began at a young age of nine after his first visit to the Hayden Planetarium. In his teen years, he had an obsession for astronomy, and made his mark on the community of astronomy lovers when he gave lectures when he was just fifteen.
  • In 1983, he earned his Master of Arts in Astronomy. He furthered his education by earning a Master of Philosophy in astrophysics at Columbia University back in 1989. He had his doctorate in Philosophy of astrophysics two years later.
  • Because of his fascination for astronomy, his research was largely focused on stellar evolution, cosmology, galactic astronomy, as well as stellar formation. His career in science has included being able to hold position in the University of Maryland, the American Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium, and Princeton University.
  • Along with Donald Goldsmith, Tyson co-authored another volume for Nova which was called “Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution.” Later on, another collaboration was done and the fruit was called “400 Years of the Telescope.” This was aired on PBS back in April of 2009. Part of his rich career related to anything and everything about astronomy included his being the Planetary Society’s chairman, president, and vice-president. Neil deGrasse Tyson became a regular part of “The Universe” which is a popular series from The History Channel.
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