Neil Degrasse Tyson
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson was born October 5, 1958 in New York City, New York. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard University, his MA in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia University. Dr. Tyson is the recipient of eighteen …show more content…
Dr. Tyson is vigilant about correcting misrepresentations of science in popular culture. Just a couple of years ago he hit the news big time when he issued a series of lighthearted tweets pointing out errors made by the director of the movie “Gravity.” Then news anchor, Brian Williams included them on the “NBC Nightly News,” and the “Saturday Night Live” team created spoofs of his tweets.
In 2014, Dr. Tyson hosted and was the executive editor of a 13-episode television series entitled COSMOS: A Space-Time Odyssey. The series is a new version of the classic science documentary, Cosmos. The original version provided a general audience with a greater understanding of the origin of life and our universe. Cosmos has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary. In addition to his work at the planetarium, Dr. Tyson has found other ways of improving the nation's scientific literacy with his ongoing additions to his writing collections and speaking engagements. "One of my goals is to bring the universe down to