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Neil deGrasse Tyson - Astrophysicist

Neil deGrasse Tyson


Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a star, and rightfully so, as he is the pre-eminent modern face of the cosmos as presented to the Western world. Apologies please, aimed at Carl Sagan, but Neil deGrasse Tyson is in his prime. Candid, humorous, and vastly intelligent, Neil is making science cool again for the masses, and he is well deserving of most of our admiration, and all his worldly fame.,

Associations between the great minds of Neil deGrasse Tyson and the late Carl Sagan are very proper, as they dually inspired we the thinking, and put so much of their core selves into it all. Sagan's story of the cosmos is done, but many thanks are owed Neil deGrasse Tyson for picking up where Sagan left off. Lets have a look, shall we?

A Very Young Neil deGrasse Tyson


The Early Life Of Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on October five 1958 in Manhattan, New York City to a father who was a sociologist and a gerontologist mother. Clearly young Neil had fertile intellectual family soil with which to grow his mind. Young Neil from a very early age showed a tremendous interest in astronomy, and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a science themed high school where he'd concentrate on astrophysics.

The Tyson family had moved to the Bronx, and while attending the Bronx High School of Science the large and athletic young Neil deGrasse Tyson was chief editor of the school's Physical Science Journal, and excelled at wrestling. By the age of fifteen Neil deGrasse Tyson was giving lectures on astronomy - but none of that should seem odd, the prodigious interest born of wonder and awe Tyson had and has still was all a calling, even in his own words, and dating back to a trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the age of nine. Tyson had the following to say concerning it all:

"so strong was that imprint [of the night sky] that I'm certain that I had no choice in the matter, that in fact, the universe called me."

Following high school Neil deGrasse Tyson would be personally recruited for Cornell university by none less than the great Carl Sagan, but he would choose instead to attend Harvard University for undergraduate study. Following graduation at Harvard with a degree in physics, Neil would pursue his MA at the University of Texas at Austin, In addition to wrestling and rowing in college, he was also active in dancing in styles including jazz, ballet, Afro-Caribbean, and Latin Ballroom. In 1985, he won a gold medal with the University of Texas dance team at a national tournament in the International Latin Ballroom style. Literally, you can't see Neil deGrasse Tyson on video or in person without recognizing him as a barrel of enthusiasm, and a man that truly likes to have fun.

After finishing his Master's degree at UT Neil would start work on his doctorate there, but then transfer to Columbia University, where in 1991, he earned a doctor of philosophy in astrophysics.

Carl Sagan


Neil deGrasse Tyson - We Are Stardust

The Hayden Planetarium


Neil deGrasse Tyson - Bringing Science To The Masses

Listen, Dr. Tyson is now everywhere you look, and if this page introduced you to him, then I'm pleased, but not knowing who this man is I find inexcusable, as he is only one of the most respected scientist on the planet, and besides that, possibly the most likeable. Neil deGrasse Tyson is not just the cutting edge of science, he is on the cutting edge of everything relevant in our society today.

It is this simple for me, if Neil deGrasse Tyson says a big bang created the universe, then I trust that he is presenting for me the very best knowledge that human minds have to put forward, but thinking that conflicts in any way with the allegory of creation as laid out in the Jewish Torah or the Christian Bible means only that you as a person are not intelligent or objective enough to recognize an allegory when you see one, or that your very mind is closed to the wonder of it all, and is only receptive to the biases and comforts within the limited epistemology of your own choosing.

Neil Tyson, astrophysicist probably disagrees with the notions just stated, but he has spent his life studying astrophysics, and is quite likely deaf eared to theology entirely.Perhaps Dr. deGrasse Tyson closed his mind to theology after seeing so much trifling ignorance from young Earth creationist and or homophobic hate filled fundamentalists? If so, then the sentiment is at least understandable, but when such a prodigious mind ignores such a massive spectrum of the human experience it is troubling..Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is not a divisive man, but rather, is a champion of unity. It can't be expressed enough, this man trumps all in the scientific community today with his rational agnosticism, unbridled enthusiasm, and obvious joy when discussing science, and literally, anything else he happens to be discussing in interviews on film, or in writing.

Currently the career of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has him as the director of the Hayden Planetarium that inspired him so thoroughly before he'd aged into double digit years, but Dr. deGrasse Tyson does so much more with his time than merely attend to the planetarium. Literally, Tyson is the unofficial American ambassador of science to the entire world. The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher - all these are the regular stomping grounds of our great American astrophysicist. He has appeared on the tv game show Jeopardy!, and is a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW,and as is most befitting, as Dr. deGrasse Tyson,with his prodigious talent and enthusiasm, is the most perfect replacement for the late Carl Sagan imaginable.

Books By Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson


Neil deGrasse Tyson - Honours, Awards, Achievements

Now please do understand a complete list of the accomplishments, accolades, projects, appearances, and awards for Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson would be incomplete the day after publication because the man is just that busy, that in demand, and wanted just about everywhere. It's amazing to me hoe someone can be awarded SEVENTEEN honorary Doctorate degrees after earning one already, but if anyone deserves such honours, it's Dr. deGrasse Tyson. The following list is the most complete one I've found, and it came directly from Wikipedia: What is the safest bet on planet Earth besides the Sun rising? Dr. deGrasse Tyson's list of accolades, achievements and honours growing, that is the second safest bet on Earth.


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Selected honorary doctorates


  • 2000 Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive, People Magazine
  • 2001 asteroid named: 13123 Tyson, renamed from Asteroid 1994KA by the International Astronomical Union
  • 2001 The Tech 100, voted by editors of Crain's Magazine to be among the 100 most influential technology leaders in New York
  • 2004 Fifty Most Important African-Americans in Research Science
  • 2007 Harvard 100: Most Influential Harvard Alumni Magazine, Cambridge. Massachusetts
  • 2007 The Time 100, voted by the editors of Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world
  • 2008 Discover Magazine selected him one of the "50 Best Brains in Science".

The Best Science Discussion You Will Ever See. Neil deGrasse Tyson With Richard Dawkins

Dr. deGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins

I can hardly express how fortunate we all are to even have Dr. deGrasse Tyson still with us, as he was an actual eyewitness to the September the eleventh tragedy, and he'd even photographed the events with the camera on his cell phone. Dr. deGrasse Tyson, however, took that all in stride, he is too busy being fascinated by it all to get involved with much negativity.Then there is, of course, Richard Dawkins, and I have to assume anyone reading this well knows who Dawkins is

.Richard Dawkins is the king of the new atheist fad, the man scared to debate his Christian better Dr. William Lane Craig, and the guy who in recent years quietly admitted that even he isn't an atheist, so fitting indeed it is to see Dawkins collaborating with his agnostic superior, Dr. deGrasse Tyson - and he is now humbled entirely because of it. The humbled Dawkins is now a better man, a man that we the wise can now appreciate for his humanity, and doesn't the sheer energy and warmth Dr. deGrasse Tyson brings to the table make us all better in fact? I say that it certainly does, and I hope very sincerely you'll watch the entire collaborative video, as at the very end you see one man's shame, and the efforts to extend his humanity as best he knew how, by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist.

Ever Notice How Atheists Always Try To Claim The Great Minds As Their Own? Neil deGrasse Tyson Ain't Having It. He's Agnostic

© 2012 Wesman Todd Shaw


Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 19, 2016:

Thanks Cmoney! The Cosmos shows he's done are all exceptionally good.

Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on April 14, 2016:

Great bio-snapshot!

Suzie from Carson City on January 05, 2016:

I'll always be your friend and your #1 FAN!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 05, 2016:

Thanks Paula! I guess I could say I had to get away from the internet for a while so as to better appreciate the internet? Hey, that at least sounds good.

Trust me - life SUCKS without the internet! All the real friends I have? They're all on the internet.

Suzie from Carson City on January 04, 2016:

Hey YOU! I knew you'd be back for me. Can't live without me, can ya?? LMAO! I see your cute self all over the main feed. What happened? You fall asleep on your key board and send all your old hubs our way?

I sure have missed you. So, pull up a comfy chair and tell me all about what you've been up to bad boy!! Wish you a very Happy New Year...Love, Effer

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 04, 2016:

Thanks easylearningweb and Catherine! I think his unbridled enthusiasm and his easy eloquence carry the day every time!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on May 07, 2015:

Interesting. I just finished posting my hub on Neil deGrasse Tyson when I saw yours. naturally, I wanted to read it. It seems we both admire Tyson, but other than that, we go off in two different directions.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on December 29, 2014:

Great hub honoring someone who deserves to be honored! I love Dr. Tyson and he is always interesting to watch, and he explains things in a way that everyone understands. I just recently found some videos on youtube where Dr. Tyson comments and explains things about the the movie, "Interstellar", and I was so intrigued by the movie and what I learned after the movie, that I wrote a hub about it. I included some interesting videos including Dr. Tyson.



Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 12, 2012:

Hey Chris, as little as I like Richard Dawkins....I've decided I like Sam Harris even less.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 12, 2012:

Hey Willie, of course I know of Kaku too, but I haven't heard of David Pogue.

I looked briefly for a Jeopardy clip....I didn't find one, but I didn't look too hard.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 12, 2012:

Hey Curiad, thanks very much!!! He is certainly an interesting fellow.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on June 10, 2012:

He definitely seems to be a great man. Anybody who can get the better of Richard Dawkins in debate gets my vote.

DoItForHer on June 08, 2012:

He and Michio Kaku are my favs from Nova. Well, and David Pogue, too, but as talented as he is, he isn't in the same league intellectually.

Will have to look up that Jeapordy show if possible. That would be fun to watch.

Curiad on June 07, 2012:

Well I had never heard of this man until now, thank you for sharing!

Voted Up!

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 07, 2012:

Thank you, Vellur - he sure is a star these days, and probably will be the rest of his life.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 07, 2012:

Tanks Kathryn, I enjoyed picking the videos for this...I watched a lot of different ones, and deGrasse Tyson is always entertaining.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 07, 2012:

Thanks Mom, deGrasse Tyson sort of barrels over Dawkins in that video...Richard needs someone to keep him in place though!!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 07, 2012:

Interesting and informative. Got to know another great man. on June 07, 2012:

Thanks, Wesman.

Patricia Shaw on June 07, 2012:

Great writing and one of your most interesting articles. Thank you for introducing me to Dr. deGrasse Tyson! Wow! I am humbled just reading about his great knowledge and accomplishments. How can anyone ever learn what he already knows? He is especially interesting because he is also in touch with culture and has impecable manners. Dr. Dawkins is also very likeable in this discussion. I've enjoyed their conversation and the Q&A at the end.

Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on June 07, 2012:

Thanks sexy Paula!!!!!!!

LOL!!! Iron Mike wouldn't be able to tell that he and Neil even speak the same language!!!!!!!!

Suzie from Carson City on June 07, 2012:

Wes...I can always count on you to introduce me to someone new and fabulously intriguing. Just another of the many things I love about you, cutie!

Your research is impeccable and always brings out the points of greatest interest, that leave an indelible impression with your reader.

Imagine the sheer genius required to earn a Doctorate of Philosophy of small accomplishment.

I was always enamored by Carl Sagan.....Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will now join him.

Hey, Wes.....I'm gonna take a crazy guess that this mega genius is not related to Mike Tyson!!!! LMAO!!!

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