Neil deGrasse Tyson

Active - 2005 - Present  |   Born - Oct 5, 1958 in Bronx, New York, United States  |   Genres - Science & Technology [nf]

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  • At the age of 14, won a scholarship from the Explorers Club for a cruise on the S.S. Canberra to Mauritania to see a solar eclipse.
  • Was the captain of the wrestling team and editor of the physical science journal at his high school.
  • As a senior in high school, was invited by Carl Sagan to visit him at Cornell University.
  • In 1996, became the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York.
  • In 1997, founded the Astrophysics Department at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Served as a presidential adviser when appointed by George W. Bush to a commission on the future of the aerospace industry in 2001.
  • In 2004, published a memoir, The Sky Is Not the Limit.
  • Was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007.
  • Is an avid collector of writing instruments.