Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He is the author of several books and hosts the NOVA ScienceNow program on PBS. Tyson is best known as an ardent popularizer of astronomy and astrophysics. At AMNH, he has overseen the creation of hit planetarium shows such as Cosmic Collisions. With his popular Universe column for the museum’s Natural History magazine, Tyson started a writing career that has resulted in eight books so far, most recently the best-selling Death by Black Hole.
In addition to frequent media appearances, Tyson has hosted the four-part miniseries Origins on PBS’s program NOVA. He is also the host of PBS’s educational show NOVA scienceNOW. For his contributions to science communication, Tyson has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including having an asteroid named after him and NASA’s 2004 Distinguished Public Service Medal. He has also served on two presidential commissions concerned with the aerospace industry and space exploration.