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.