Neil deGrasse Tyson

Recognition Year: 
2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. He went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia.  Tyson's professional research interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. He has written numerous books on those topics, from his memoir, The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist, to Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller. In addition to writing, he appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, and is working on a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark television series COSMOS, to air in the spring of 2014.