Honoring Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson


Sam Strohl, Reporter

In honor of black history month, this article is dedicated to Neil Dygrasse Tyson. Tyson is a famed astrophysicist and science author who has conducted enlightening research for the scientific world as well as stoked the flames of scientific curiosity among today’s youth. Below is a brief account of his life and accolades.


Tyson was born in the year of 1958 in Manhattan, New York. He spent his youth education in public schools in the Bronx area. After a school trip to the Planetarium, Neil became fascinated by the world of Astro-science. Upon graduating from Bronx high school, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in physics at Harvard University and then received a doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University in 1991. Thus he became Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson, and he used what he learned to make immeasurable impacts in the realm of space science. 


Neil caught lots of attention from the world with his first book, “The Sky is Not the Limit” in the year 2000. Since then, he has written many other books such as “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” and his 2021 work, “A Brief Welcome to the Universe”. As well as his books, he has appeared on lots of television and even hosted his own programs and his very own famous podcast, “Startalk”. 


Neil deGrasse Tyson stands apart from other modern physicists not just because of his profound mind, but also because of his amazing capabilities to communicate captivating, complex space questions and theories in a simple and interesting way. Because of this, most of the American youth think of Tyson when they are asked about Astrophysics. Science is one of if not the most important tool in humanity’s arsenal, and Neil has dedicated his life to showing people what it has to offer them.