Neil deGrasse Tyson
Frederick P. Rose Director, Hayden Planetarium
"Anything that's going to grow in our economy will derive from innovations in STEM fields."
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.
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.
Today, Tyson is one of the most in-demand science trailblazers. He gives speeches across the country and is the "go-to" expert whenever there is an important science issue in the news. He also hosts his own podcast StarTalk Radio, a science-based talk show that features comedic co-hosts. His fifteenth book, Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military, co-written with Avis Lang, was published in September 2018. A video game he developed, Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey (which provides players with a realistic simulation of developing a space-faring culture), has a release date of December 2018.
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