In Manhattan, New York City, on October 5, 1958, Neil deGrasse Tyson was born. His father, Cyril, was a sociologist, human resources commissioner, and Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited director.
His mother, Sunchita, was a gerontologist for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Cyril passed away in 2016.
Neil became interested in astronomy at 9 when he started spending time at the Hayden Planetarium. Neil and his siblings Lynn and Stephen grew up in Tyson Hill and Riverdale.
He attended P.S. 36, P.S. 81, P.S. 141 (now known as Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy), and The Bronx High School of Science, all public schools in the Bronx.
He attended The Bronx High School of Science, graduating in 1976 after serving as the team’s captain and editor-in-chief of the “Physical Science Journal.”
What is Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Net Worth?
American astrophysicist, author, and scientific communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson has a $5 million dollar fortune. Since 1996, Tyson has served as the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
In 1997, he also established the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Neil presented the PBS program “Nova ScienceNow” from 2006 to 2011 and has hosted the “StarTalk” podcast since 2009.
“StarTalk” was listed among “Rolling Stone” magazine’s 2014 list of “The 20 Best Comedy Podcasts Right Now.”
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Which Awards Does Neil deGrasse Tyson Have?
Tyson was honored with a People Welfare Medal in 2015 by the American National Academy of Sciences for his dedication to inspiring people to value science.
In addition, he received the Columbia University Medal of Excellence in 2001, the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2004, the Science Writing Award in 2005, and the American Humanist Association’s Isaac Asimov Award in 2009.
Neil was rated the Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by “People” magazine in 2000 and earned a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host for “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” in 2014.
He appeared in “Time” magazine’s 2007 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and “Discover Magazine” put him on their 2008 list of “The 10 Most Influential People in Science.”
Twenty universities, including Yale University, Mount Holyoke College, and Gettysburg College, have awarded him honorary doctorates.
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