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Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Birthday
5, 1958
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
5, 1958 (age 60)
Birthplace
New York City, NY

About

Astrophysicist who has attempted to bring science to the mainstream with shows like NOVA ScienceNow, an educational science program he hosted on PBS from 2006 to 2011. He played a major role in dismissing Pluto's classification as a planet. He hosted the 2014 science documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and he also hosts the popular weekly radio show Star Talk.

Before Fame

He earned a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University in 1991 and during his collegiate years he was on the rowing and the wrestling teams.

Trivia

In 2001, US President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry and in 2004 he earned the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Family Life

He married Alice Young in 1988 and he has two children.

Associated With

He has made numerous guest appearances on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.