Get To Know COSMOS Host Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science is an endless search, binding the generations in a constant quest for learning. Continuing the tradition of bringing the universe down to Earth is Neil deGrasse Tyson, the ideal scientist to transport a new generation of viewers to the cosmos.

Born and raised in New York City, Tyson was infatuated with science from a young age. His family’s trips to the city’s Hayden Planetarium introduced him to the wonders of the stars, barely visible in the smoggy nights at his home in the Bronx. As a teenager, his studies in astronomy at the Bronx School of Science caught the attention of renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan, who invited Neil to spend the day with him at Cornell University. “I already knew what kind of scientist I wanted to be,” Tyson later wrote, “but that day with Carl I learned the kind of man I wanted to become.”

Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia, dedicating his career to researching his broad interests including star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the Milky Way. Named one of Time’s most influential people in the world, Tyson’s work has earned him nineteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. Among Tyson’s ten books are his memoir, The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist and the New York Times best-sellers Death By Black Hole and Space Chronicles, Facing the Ultimate Frontier. In appreciation of Tyson’s contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos, the International Astronomical Union honored him in their official naming of an asteroid “13123 Tyson”.

A frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dr. Tyson is pop culture’s favorite astrophysicist. He also hosts a popular radio show & podcast called StarTalk, and attracts over one million followers on Twitter, the largest following of any scientist.

The first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, Tyson lives in his hometown of New York City with his wife and two children.

Don’t miss the world premiere of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey this Sunday at 9P.


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  2. D Daniel Nix
    United states of america
    March 10, 2014, 11:11 pm

    Mr. Tyson is one of a short list of physicists that know how to communicate with mainstream America. I wish he could explain why, as scientists, we have such a fear of “FAITH”. This new Cosmos, had a chance to exude the knowledge we have gained since our godfather Carl taught so many lay people. Instead, COSMOS, takes 20% of its air time to animate an attack on ancient religious beliefs. Thank God we don’t take the time to expose our mistakes, as physicists, over the last 100 years. We would need a six part series to accomplish that feat. Neil, good luck in this new series! I hope your input will stop future episodes from degrading itself by petty attacks on those of us who are Christian and are proud to have faith as our foundation.

  3. Rick Nixon
    April 17, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Professor Tyson. Losing an electron from an atom does not result in a different atom. It is called an ion. The chemical properties are a function of protons, not electrons or neutrons.

  4. Jeniffer Jerral
    Atlanta, GA
    June 1, 2014, 8:59 pm

    Love the show Dr. Tyson, well done!! I majored in business, science has never been my strength, but you make me so intrigued and wanting to learn more.

  5. celal
    June 20, 2014, 10:59 am

    A space adventure cosmos 6.section 24:38 – 24:50 between the background music?

  6. bhavnesh samant
    August 17, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Sir tyson! I have done a new research about the universe.I have researched a new law . Sir I want to confirm my law and want to publish it. Hence pls sir want to come in contact with u . Pls tell me how can I contact with sir tyson.