Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American planetary scientist, author, science communicator, cosmologist, and astrophysicist. Tyson has been the Frederick P. Rose, the director of Hayden Planetarium in New York City at Rose Center for Earth and Space. The Rose Center is a fraction of the American Museum of Natural History in which Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997. He was the research associate in the Astrophysics department for a long quiet period.
Tyson was born on 5th October 1958, in Manhattan. His father was American-African named Cyril deGrasse Tyson, a sociologist, and his mother was a gerontologist named Sunchita Maria Tyson. The whole Tyson family lived in Castle Hill in the neighborhood of Bronx but later moved to Riverdale. Tyson completed his studies from public schools located in the Bronx named the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy and completed his high school at The Bronx High School of Science.
At this high school, he was the editor-in-chief of the Physical Science Journal and was captain of the wrestling team. He discovered his growing interest in astronomy at nine when he visited the Hayden Planetarium’s sky theatre. He mentioned that his first intellectual role model was Dr. Mark Chartrand III, the planetarium director.
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Tyson’s research had the main focus on observations on galactic astronomy, stellar formation, stellar evolution, bulges, and cosmology. He attained multiple positions in different institutions, including Princeton University, The Hayden Planetarium, University of Maryland, and the American Museum of Natural History. He worked in both Hayden Planetarium and Princeton University as a research affiliate and a staff scientist. Tyson was appointed as a director of the planetarium in 1996.
He has written multiple books on astronomy that got popular, and in 1995, he started writing for the Natural History magazine that has a University column. Tyson was appointed by George W. Bush, U. S. President, to serve on the Commission on the Future of United States Aerospace Industry and served on President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy 2004. For all his innovations and servings, he was awarded NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal by NASA.
Tyson is married to Alice Young, and the couple lives in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. The couple has two children named Travis and Miranda. Both met in a physical class that took place at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1988, both got married and had their first child. Tyson has a great craze about collection wines and is a wine enthusiast. His collection was featured in Wine Spectator and The World of Fine Wine in May 2000.
In 2018, four women accused Tyson of sexual misconduct. They mentioned that Tyson tried drugging and raping them when they were in UT Austin. Tyson denied the rape accusations made on him, and later the women claimed that they misinterpreted his actions and apologized for any offense.
This American author’s estimated net worth, science communicator, and astrophysicist are approximately $5 million.