Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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  • Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on October 5, 1958 in New York
  • When he was nine, Tyson took a trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History where he got his first taste of star-gazing. Tyson later took classes at the Planetarium and got his own telescope. As a teenager, he would watch the skies from the roof of his apartment building.
  • An excellent student, Tyson graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1976. He then earned a bachelor's degree in Physics from Harvard University and a doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University in 1991.
  • After spending a few years doing post-doctorate work at Princeton University, Tyson landed a job at the Hayden Planetarium.Tyson eventually became the director of the Planetarium and worked on an extensive renovation of the facility.
  • This $210 million project was completed in 2000, and the revamped site offered visitors a cutting-edge look at astronomy.
  • PLUTO!!!
  • One of Tyson's most controversial decisions at the time was the removal of Pluto from the display of planets. He classified Pluto as a dwarf planet.This lead to the I.A.U officially labeling Pluto as a dwarf planet
  • Tyson wrote many books ,served as a PBS host,and has brought diversity to astrophysics.Tyson also served as a presidential advisor,he is one of the most in-demand science experts often appearing on TV shows.In 2014 he hosted a science documentary called Cosmos.In 2001 he was awarded the medal of excellence.
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