Name: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Born: October 5, 1958, in Manhattan, New York City, USA
- 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).
- 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."