Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science and Stimulus

Astrophysicist and Science Educator

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".

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Question: Is the U.S. at risk of falling even farther behind in science?

DeGrasse Tyson: What is certain is that innovations and investments in science and technology are the engines of tomorrow’s economic growth.  That’s a certainty.  If we don’t recognize that fact, certainly other developing nations do.  So the extent to which we restrict are own investments in our own future, our own technological, scientific future is the extent to which we will no longer be players on the world economic stage.  So one no longer has the luxury to think of science just as something that scientists do that keeps them entertained, we need to recognize it as that which separates nations that advance in their culture and their economy and their security and their health, and nations that recede.  So to whatever extent money is reduced, when it could’ve been higher, I’m disappointed in what that trendline might be.  Which own absence of foresight that is so desperately needed right now.