Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. He is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. His professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. Tyson obtains his data from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as from telescopes in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and in the Andes Mountains of Chile.Tyson is the recipient of nine honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid "13123 Tyson".
Neil DeGrasse Tyson lists the three drivers to accomplish extraordinary things.
I assert that if you were depressed after learning and being exposed to the cosmic perspective, you started your day with an unjustifiably large ego.
We spend the first year teaching children to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down.
In Space Chronicles, Neil deGrasse Tyson describes how the Soviet Union was a catalyst for the U.S. space program, and China might be considered a similar catalyst today.
How might we apply the notion of a "Sputnik moment" to our own lives, as we look for those occasions that compel us to invent for tomorrow?
Neil deGrasse Tyson: I’m almost embarrassed for my species that you can be so blind to everything experts have been telling you and you got to wait for people to almost die to say, “Oh, I guess they are out there....
Meeting big, audacious, ambitious goals requires taking multiple steps in reasoning, not just thinking from point A to point B.
In some ways we’re doing better than science fiction films like 2001: A Space Odyssey predicted we would.
Neil deGrasse Tyson says "the greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves."
The future? It's already here, says Degrasse Tyson.