Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysics icon. Flip through any science magazine or physics article and you’re bound to find a page on the works of Tyson or at least a reference to his research. He’s known for his work on star formation, supernovas, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of the Milkyway.
Early Academic Career
Neil deGrasse Tyson was raised in New York City, he graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1976, and attended Harvard for his Bachelors in physics, and attended Columbia for his Ph.D. in 1991. Since then, he has become a professor and is a director at the Hayden Planetarium.
The Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry
In 2001, Neil was invited by President George Bush to serve on a twelve member comity to study the future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry. The report was published in 2002 and included many recommendations for Congress and several government agencies about space transportation, exploration, and national security.
Moon, Mars, and Beyond…
In 2004, Neil was appointed again by Bush to join a 9 member comity on the newly introduced United States Space Exploration Policy, titled “Moon, Mars, and Beyond”. The comity established a path for a new vision of space exploration that would be a successful part of the American Agenda.
Stories for the Nerds
Tyson has published many professional publications, as well as many famed works for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Neil was an essayist for the Natural History magazine under the alias “Universe”. Included in Neil’s 13 books is the memoir “The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist” and “Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution”
Two more recent books written by Tyson are the playful “Death by Black Hole and other Cosmic Quandaries” and “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet” which revolves around his involvement in the controversy of Pluto’s planetary status.
That’s a lot of Doctorates
Tyson received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, as well as 20 honorary doctorates. The International Astronomical Union recognized Tyson’s work by officially naming an asteroid “131123 Tyson”.
If you want to learn more about Tyson you can check out this article by Hayden Planetarium.