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Neil deGrasse Tyson - Astrophysicist
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a star, and rightfully so, as he is the pre-eminent modern face of the cosmos as presented to the Western world. Apologies please, aimed at Carl Sagan, but Neil deGrasse Tyson is in his prime. Candid, humorous, and vastly intelligent, Neil is making science cool again for the masses, and he is well deserving of most of our admiration, and all his worldly fame.,
Associations between the great minds of Neil deGrasse Tyson and the late Carl Sagan are very proper, as they dually inspired we the thinking, and put so much of their core selves into it all. Sagan's story of the cosmos is done, but many thanks are owed Neil deGrasse Tyson for picking up where Sagan left off. Lets have a look, shall we?
A Very Young Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Early Life Of Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on October five 1958 in Manhattan, New York City to a father who was a sociologist and a gerontologist mother. Clearly young Neil had fertile intellectual family soil with which to grow his mind. Young Neil from a very early age showed a tremendous interest in astronomy, and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a science themed high school where he'd concentrate on astrophysics.
The Tyson family had moved to the Bronx, and while attending the Bronx High School of Science the large and athletic young Neil deGrasse Tyson was chief editor of the school's Physical Science Journal, and excelled at wrestling. By the age of fifteen Neil deGrasse Tyson was giving lectures on astronomy - but none of that should seem odd, the prodigious interest born of wonder and awe Tyson had and has still was all a calling, even in his own words, and dating back to a trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the age of nine. Tyson had the following to say concerning it all:
"so strong was that imprint [of the night sky] that I'm certain that I had no choice in the matter, that in fact, the universe called me."
Following high school Neil deGrasse Tyson would be personally recruited for Cornell university by none less than the great Carl Sagan, but he would choose instead to attend Harvard University for undergraduate study. Following graduation at Harvard with a degree in physics, Neil would pursue his MA at the University of Texas at Austin, In addition to wrestling and rowing in college, he was also active in dancing in styles including jazz, ballet, Afro-Caribbean, and Latin Ballroom. In 1985, he won a gold medal with the University of Texas dance team at a national tournament in the International Latin Ballroom style. Literally, you can't see Neil deGrasse Tyson on video or in person without recognizing him as a barrel of enthusiasm, and a man that truly likes to have fun.
After finishing his Master's degree at UT Neil would start work on his doctorate there, but then transfer to Columbia University, where in 1991, he earned a doctor of philosophy in astrophysics.
Neil deGrasse Tyson - We Are Stardust
The Hayden Planetarium
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Bringing Science To The Masses
Listen, Dr. Tyson is now everywhere you look, and if this page introduced you to him, then I'm pleased, but not knowing who this man is I find inexcusable, as he is only one of the most respected scientist on the planet, and besides that, possibly the most likeable. Neil deGrasse Tyson is not just the cutting edge of science, he is on the cutting edge of everything relevant in our society today.
It is this simple for me, if Neil deGrasse Tyson says a big bang created the universe, then I trust that he is presenting for me the very best knowledge that human minds have to put forward, but thinking that conflicts in any way with the allegory of creation as laid out in the Jewish Torah or the Christian Bible means only that you as a person are not intelligent or objective enough to recognize an allegory when you see one, or that your very mind is closed to the wonder of it all, and is only receptive to the biases and comforts within the limited epistemology of your own choosing.
Neil Tyson, astrophysicist probably disagrees with the notions just stated, but he has spent his life studying astrophysics, and is quite likely deaf eared to theology entirely.Perhaps Dr. deGrasse Tyson closed his mind to theology after seeing so much trifling ignorance from young Earth creationist and or homophobic hate filled fundamentalists? If so, then the sentiment is at least understandable, but when such a prodigious mind ignores such a massive spectrum of the human experience it is troubling..Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is not a divisive man, but rather, is a champion of unity. It can't be expressed enough, this man trumps all in the scientific community today with his rational agnosticism, unbridled enthusiasm, and obvious joy when discussing science, and literally, anything else he happens to be discussing in interviews on film, or in writing.
Currently the career of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has him as the director of the Hayden Planetarium that inspired him so thoroughly before he'd aged into double digit years, but Dr. deGrasse Tyson does so much more with his time than merely attend to the planetarium. Literally, Tyson is the unofficial American ambassador of science to the entire world. The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher - all these are the regular stomping grounds of our great American astrophysicist. He has appeared on the tv game show Jeopardy!, and is a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW,and as is most befitting, as Dr. deGrasse Tyson,with his prodigious talent and enthusiasm, is the most perfect replacement for the late Carl Sagan imaginable.
Books By Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Honours, Awards, Achievements
Now please do understand a complete list of the accomplishments, accolades, projects, appearances, and awards for Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson would be incomplete the day after publication because the man is just that busy, that in demand, and wanted just about everywhere. It's amazing to me hoe someone can be awarded SEVENTEEN honorary Doctorate degrees after earning one already, but if anyone deserves such honours, it's Dr. deGrasse Tyson. The following list is the most complete one I've found, and it came directly from Wikipedia: What is the safest bet on planet Earth besides the Sun rising? Dr. deGrasse Tyson's list of accolades, achievements and honours growing, that is the second safest bet on Earth.
- 2001 Medal of Excellence, Columbia University, New York City
- 2004 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal
- 2007 Klopsteg Memorial Award winner
- 2009 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award from the Space Foundation for significant contributions to public awareness of space programs.
- 2009 Isaac Asimov award from the American Humanist Association
Selected honorary doctorates
- 1997 York College, City University of New York
- 2000 Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey
- 2000 Dominican College, Orangeburg, New York
- 2001 University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
- 2002 Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey
- 2003 Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
- 2004 College of Staten Island, City University of New York
- 2006 Pace University, New York City
- 2007 Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
- 2007 Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts
- 2008 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 2010 University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama
- 2010 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
- 2010 Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut
- 2011 Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
- 2012 Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
- 2012 Western New England University, Springfield, Massachusetts
- 2000 Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive, People Magazine
- 2001 asteroid named: 13123 Tyson, renamed from Asteroid 1994KA by the International Astronomical Union
- 2001 The Tech 100, voted by editors of Crain's Magazine to be among the 100 most influential technology leaders in New York
- 2004 Fifty Most Important African-Americans in Research Science
- 2007 Harvard 100: Most Influential Harvard Alumni Magazine, Cambridge. Massachusetts
- 2007 The Time 100, voted by the editors of Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world
- 2008 Discover Magazine selected him one of the "50 Best Brains in Science".
The Best Science Discussion You Will Ever See. Neil deGrasse Tyson With Richard Dawkins
Dr. deGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins
I can hardly express how fortunate we all are to even have Dr. deGrasse Tyson still with us, as he was an actual eyewitness to the September the eleventh tragedy, and he'd even photographed the events with the camera on his cell phone. Dr. deGrasse Tyson, however, took that all in stride, he is too busy being fascinated by it all to get involved with much negativity.Then there is, of course, Richard Dawkins, and I have to assume anyone reading this well knows who Dawkins is
.Richard Dawkins is the king of the new atheist fad, the man scared to debate his Christian better Dr. William Lane Craig, and the guy who in recent years quietly admitted that even he isn't an atheist, so fitting indeed it is to see Dawkins collaborating with his agnostic superior, Dr. deGrasse Tyson - and he is now humbled entirely because of it. The humbled Dawkins is now a better man, a man that we the wise can now appreciate for his humanity, and doesn't the sheer energy and warmth Dr. deGrasse Tyson brings to the table make us all better in fact? I say that it certainly does, and I hope very sincerely you'll watch the entire collaborative video, as at the very end you see one man's shame, and the efforts to extend his humanity as best he knew how, by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist.