Champion of Science
Valencia Community College
Neil deGrasse Tyson, renowned American astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, and the host of PBS’s NOVA ScienceNow. Tyson is also the author of several best selling books. He is probably most well known for his appearance The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert and other late night interviews on shows such as The Daily Show, The Tonight Show and Late Night. But perhaps more substantially he is known for his contribution to the demoting of Pluto, since which, Dr. Tyson has become a world-renowned communicator of science. Born and raised in New York City, he claims to have realized that he wanted to study space science when he was less than ten looking through a pair of binoculars at the moon. Tyson visited the Old Hayden Planetarium at the age of nine, which is where he was first introduced to the stars. At thirteen, he attended summer astronomy camp in the Mohave Desert. There, he could see millions of stars in the clear desert sky. Neil deGrasse Tyson was educated in the public school system and attended the Bronx High School of Science. After graduation, he went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Tyson traveled home to New York to do his doctoral work at Columbia and earn his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia University. Since completing his formal education, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has worked as an astrophysicist and research scientist at Princeton University. He is also employed as the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City and frequents as a lecturer at Princeton. Dr. Tyson has been published numerous times, authoring best sellers and contributing to various other works. He was appointed by President Bush to twice to serve on commissions that would...