Who is Neil deGrasse Tyson and what is his net worth 2018? Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist who is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium for the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He is also a science communicator and author. He was interested in astronomy after he visited the Hayden Planetarium. He has also written monthly essays for Natural History magazine. He has served for the US aerospace industry for the ‘Moon, Mars and Beyond’ commission in 2004. Tyson was also the host of the show ‘NOVA ScienceNow’. In 2014, he hosted the TV series ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’.
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on October 5, 1958, in Manhattan, New York. He was born to parents Sunchita Maria and Cyril deGrasse Tyson. His mother worked for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare as a gerontologist and his father was a sociologist. His father was also the first director of Harlem Youth Opportunities Limited. He has two other siblings named Lynn Antipas Tyson and Stephen Joseph Tyson.
He grew up in Bronx and Riverdale. As a child, Tyson went to the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy and later to The Bronx High School of Science. He used to attend astronomy courses which used to be offered by Hayden Planetarium. At the age of fifteen, he started giving lectures on astronomy. Tyson majored in physics from the Harvard University. He received his MA in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. A year later, he became a lecturer at the University of Maryland. In 1989, he got his MPhil in astrophysics from the Columbia University.
Tyson is married to Alice Young. After meeting each other at the University of Texas in Austin they married in 1988. They have two children together named Miranda and Travis. he is a wine enthusiast and was featured in Wine Spectator’s issue of May 2000.
In 1994, Neil deGrasse Tyson was recruited as a staff scientist in Hayden Planetarium. A year later, he became the acting director and in 1996, he was appointed as the director. He has written many books based on astronomy. He began to write articles for the ‘Universe’ column for Natural History magazine. In 2011, he was appointed to the ‘Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry’ by George W. Bush.
In 2004, Tyson was appointed to the ‘President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy’. In the same year, he also hosted the PBS Nova series. He has served as the chairman of the ‘Planetary Society’. In 2007, he was seen regularly in the series The Universe on the History Channel.
In 2009, he co-wrote the book ‘Origins: Fourteen Billion Years Of Cosmic Evolution’ with Donald Goldsmith. In 2015, he started hosting a late night show on the National Geographic Channel called ‘Star Talk’. In 2017, he is co-developing ‘Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey’ which is a sandbox video game.
Neil deGrasse Tyson has won several honorary doctorates from various universities. In 2004, he won the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. He was awarded the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host in 2014. He has also won the Klopsteg Memorial Award, Science Writing Award, Public Welfare Medal, Dunlap Prize, and many others.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Net Worth
Neil deGrasse Tyson was influenced into astronomy ever since he visited the Hayden Planetarium. He later became the director of Hayden Planetarium. He has served in various prominent posts for the US Govt. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s net worth is an estimated $2.5 million.
He has written several books in his career and has also been an active columnist. He has also released various research publications. Tyson has also appeared in various shows and has hosted series. He has also narrated the 2014 documentary ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’. Tyson has appeared in many films in his career and also lent his voice to the animated film ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’.
Tyson has been named as ‘The 10 Most Influential People in Science’ by Discovery Magazine in 2008. People Magazine also named him as the ‘Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive’ in 2000. There are several other honors for Tyson.