He was born on October 5, 1958 to the parents of Sunchita Maria and Cyril deGrasse Tyson.

He was born in Manhattan, New York City, NY

Growing up, Neil deGrasse Tyson was already obsessed with astronomy from a young age at the age of 9. It all began when he visited to Hayden Planetarium. He went to Bronx High School of Science from 1972-1976 and was the captain of his wrestling team. He was also the editor in chief of Physical Science, the school's paper. 

Hayden Planetarium

Bronx High School of Science

Captain of Wrestling Team


After graduating Bronx High School, Dr. Carl Sagan of the Cornell University noticed his passion for astronomy and decided to invite him for Cornell's undergraduate programs.

Cornell University

He decided to choose Harvard instead...

He decided to attend Harvard University where he got his Bachelor of Arts in Physics in 1980 and he was involved in many actives such as rowing, wrestling, and dancing.

He continued his post graduate education at University of Texas in Austin, Texas and received his  Master of Arts in Astronomy in 1983.

University of Texas in Austin, TX.

You probably already know this but..

It is only less than 15 minutes away from us!

Anyways.. back to the point..

As you can see, he's addicted to education..

He continued his education, receiving Master of Philosophy in astrophysics at Columbia University back in 1989. He had his doctorate in Philosophy of astrophysics two years later.

Columbia University

He met Alice Young in a physics class at the University of Texas. They got married in 1988 and were blessed with two children.

He also began writing in the 1990s. He started writing the column, ‘Universe’ for the ‘Natural History’ magazine in 1995 which went on to become very popular. The magazine released a special edition titled ‘City of Stars’ (2002), in which Tyson popularized the term "Manhattanhenge" which describes the two days in a year on which the evening sun aligns with the street grid in Manhattan.

The US President George Bush appointed Tyson as a member of the 12-member commission to study the Future of the US Aerospace Industry in 2001. Working along with the other members, he played a key role in the publication of the final report in 2002 which contained recommendations for the government on optimizing the future of space exploration and national security.

He became the director of Hayden Planetarium.

In 2004, he received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by NASA.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson was named the ‘Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive’ by ‘People Magazine’ in 2000.

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Public - 5/18/16, 3:09 PM