Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to American astrophysicist, author, TV personality, science communicator, and current director of Hayden Planetarium, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City in 1958. At the age of nine, Neil was inspired to study astrophysicists after a fateful visit to Hayden Planetarium. He was encouraged by his hero Carl Sagan to pursue a career in physics after he tried to recruit a 15-year-old Tyson to study at Cornell University. Dr. Tyson earned an A.B. in physics from Harvard College. He also would go on to receive an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and finally a Ph.D. in astrophysics at Columbia University.
Neil deGrasse Tyson has held numerous positions throughout his illustrious career at University of Maryland, Princeton University, and the American Museum of Natural History and currently serves as the director of the Hayden Planetarium.
During the years Dr. Tyson has hosted or appeared on numerous television shows, documentaries, and radio shows. These shows include; Nova, 400 Years of the Telescope, The Daily Show, BBC Horizon, The Colbert Report, The Universe, and Real Time with Bill Maher, Star Talk, and Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, and numerous other shows. He has won countless awards and honors over the years, which includes; The Medal of Excellence, NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, Science Writing Award, Klopsteg Memorial Award, Isaac Asimov Award, Critics Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host, and the Hubbard Medal. He’s been honored in Time Magazine 100, and the Harvard 100. Neil deGrasse Tyson has received many honorary doctorates from many colleges and universities, such as York College, Dominican College, and the University of Pennsylvania and many others institutions of higher learning.
Here is Dr. Tyson in his own words on being able to explain complex and dynamic cosmic phenomena to the general public:
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”: “My first interview on Jon Stewart, I studied how many seconds he let his guests speak before he interrupted,” Tyson said. “I got the rhythm of that, and I said if I ever go on the show, I will parcel my cosmic knowledge in these bits so that I will complete a thought before he interrupts … and then we can laugh at whatever joke he makes.”
Today we honor Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has our Evolved Man of the Week.