Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. He is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson is known for his captivating lectures, engaging public appearances, and ability to popularize science for the general public. 

Tyson was born and raised in New York City and studied physics at Harvard University. After graduating, he earned a master's degree in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University. He went on to become a professor of astrophysics at Princeton University and then the Director of the Hayden Planetarium in 1996. 

Tyson has written several books, including "Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries," "The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet," and "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry." He also hosts the National Geographic Channel's television series, "StarTalk," which is based on his podcast of the same name. He has also appeared in several documentaries, including "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," which he hosted, and "The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries." 

Tyson is an advocate for science education and public outreach and is a frequent guest on numerous television programs and radio shows. He has been honored with awards such as the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the National Science Board's Public Service Medal, and the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal. 

Tyson is a prolific speaker and has given numerous lectures around the world, including a keynote address at the 2017 World Science Festival in Brisbane, Australia. He is also an active Twitter user and has over 11 million followers. 

Tyson is a passionate advocate for science and space exploration. He has argued that it is essential for the United States to remain competitive in the field of space exploration, and he believes that the exploration of space can lead to many beneficial scientific discoveries. As he has said, "The universe is not just a playground. It's a laboratory of knowledge that can improve the human condition."

Tyson is also a strong advocate for the importance of science education and public outreach. He has argued that it is essential for the United States to remain competitive in the field of scientific advancement and exploration. He has used his platform to encourage people to be curious and to pursue knowledge, and he has been an outspoken critic of anti-science attitudes.

Tyson has spoken out against cuts to science education budgets and has argued that science should be accessible to everyone. He has said, "Science is not a luxury you can afford to ignore. It’s a necessity if we are to survive, thrive, and understand our place in the cosmos."