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Neil deGrasse Tyson holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard and a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia. His professional research interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of the Milky Way. He was appointed to two science commissions by President Bush, as well as NASA’s Advisory Council. In 2006, he became the host of PBS-NOVA’s, NOVA ScienceNOW, which continued for five seasons. In 2009, he brought science to commercial radio through StarTalk Radio, which is now also a podcast. In 2014, he launched a reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series, COSMOS, on the FOX network.

Tyson has written 10 books, including The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist and Origins: Fourteen Billions Years of Cosmic Evolution, a companion book to the PBS-NOVA miniseries, Origin, which was hosted by Tyson.His most recent books include Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times best-seller, and Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet, which inspired the PBS-NOVA documentary, The Pluto Files.

Tyson is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. He has been awarded 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. The International Astronomical Union officially named an asteroid “13123 Tyson” in his honor, and he was voted “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by People Magazine.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.

Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the Future of the US Aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations (for Congress and for the major agencies of the government) that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security.

In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a 9-member commission on the Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy, dubbed the Moon, Mars, and Beyond commission. This group navigated a path by which the new space vision can become a successful part of the American agenda. And in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Council, which will help guide NASA through its perennial need to fit its ambitious vision into its restricted budget.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine under the title Universe. And among Tyson’s ten books is his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith. Origins is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series Origins, in which Tyson served as on-camera host. The program premiered on September 28 and 29, 2004.

Two of Tyson’s recent books are the playful and informative Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandariest which was a New York Timestbestseller, and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet, chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto’s planetary status. The PBS/NOVA documentary “The Pluto Files”, based on the book, premiered in March 2010.

For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe.

During the summer of 2009 Tyson identified a stable of professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk. Now also a podcast, StarTalk Radio combines celebrity guests with informative yet playful banter. The target audience is all those people who never thought they would, or could, like science.

Tyson is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000.

In February 2012, Tyson released his tenth book, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present, and future of space exploration: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. Currently, Tyson is working on a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series COSMOS, to air in 13 episodes on the FOX network in the spring of 2014.

Tyson is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. Tyson lives in New York City with his wife and two children.


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A Conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: SxSW Interactive


In his presentation at SXSW in 2014, Tyson discusses the premiere of his FOX television series, Cosmos, which he says is “the largest rollout of a television series in the history of television.” He says that very high expectations have been placed on the show, which is being distributed globally by National Geographic.

Tyson explains that Cosmos is not “your typical documentary.” He says that Cosmos “has always been more than that. It’s managed to take the science that’s out there, put a thread from that science through you and onto elements of the universe that show you why that science matters to you.” He says that by the end of a show, and by the end of the series, he hopes to have “woven a tapestry through that thread,” so that viewers say, “now I know my place in the universe.” He adds that he wants viewers to “feel the knowledge” and “take ownership of that knowledge.”

Faster Than the Speed of Light Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson


Cosmos Promo: Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson



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Fueled by his passion for science and years of research, Tyson’s presentations inspire a variety of audiences, including young people, corporations and charitable organizations. He discusses the future of science and technology, enriching audiences and fostering a new love of the cosmos.


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"It's very evident he cares about and relates well to youth... very clear that his presentation wasn't his "job" but his passion. He inspired them, without a doubt."
    Harmony Institute

"Our Board of Trustees insists that we bring in the most remarkable leaders we can find in any field. Dr. Tyson's address exceeded our expectations in every regard."
    Brigham Young University

"Dr. Tyson was a rock star! He was definitely the most well-received speaker at this conference."
    James Randi Foundation




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"It's very evident he cares about and relates well to youth... very clear that his presentation wasn't his "job" but his passion. He inspired them, without a doubt."
    Harmony Institute

"Our Board of Trustees insists that we bring in the most remarkable leaders we can find in any field. Dr. Tyson's address exceeded our expectations in every regard."
    Brigham Young University

"Dr. Tyson was a rock star! He was definitely the most well-received speaker at this conference."
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Space Chronicles

Space Chronicles
"A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up."—Air & Space

America’s space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries’ space programs.

With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson—one of our foremost thinkers on all things space—illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.

Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson’s recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.


The Pluto Files

The Pluto Files
The New York Times bestseller: "You gotta read this. It is the most exciting book about Pluto you will ever read in your life."—Jon Stewart

When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on page one, "Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York." Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto’s planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning author and director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto’s demotion, and consequently Plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third-graders. With his inimitable wit, Tyson delivers a minihistory of planets, describes the oversized characters of the people who study them, and recounts how America's favorite planet was ousted from the cosmic hub. color throughout



A Conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: SxSW Interactive


In his presentation at SXSW in 2014, Tyson discusses the premiere of his FOX television series, Cosmos, which he says is “the largest rollout of a television series in the history of television.” He says that very high expectations have been placed on the show, which is being distributed globally by National Geographic.

Tyson explains that Cosmos is not “your typical documentary.” He says that Cosmos “has always been more than that. It’s managed to take the science that’s out there, put a thread from that science through you and onto elements of the universe that show you why that science matters to you.” He says that by the end of a show, and by the end of the series, he hopes to have “woven a tapestry through that thread,” so that viewers say, “now I know my place in the universe.” He adds that he wants viewers to “feel the knowledge” and “take ownership of that knowledge.”

Faster Than the Speed of Light Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson


Cosmos Promo: Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson