Neil Tyson

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Neil Tyson

Name: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Born: October 5, 1958, in Manhattan, New York City, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • African American astrophysicist and science communicator.
  • Present Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History (2014).
  • Former host of the educational science television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS (2006 to 2011).
  • Host of Cosmos (2014).

Significant publications

  • Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier (2012).
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet (2009).
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries (2007).
  • The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist (2000).
  • Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (2004).

Honors and awards

  • Isaac Asimov Award from the American Humanist Association (2009).
  • Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award from the Space Foundation for significant contributions to public awareness of space programs (2009).
  • Klopsteg Memorial Award winner (2007).
  • NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (2004).
  • Medal of Excellence, Columbia University, New York City (2001).


"Right now, NASA's annual budget is half a penny on your tax dollar. For twice that—a penny on a dollar—we can transform the country from a sullen, dispirited nation, weary of economic struggle, to one where it has reclaimed its 20th century birthright to dream of tomorrow."