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Neil Degrasse Tyson

Neil Degrasse Tyson Biography

Scientist


ABOUT
Astrophysicist who has attempted to bring science to the mainstream with shows like NOVA ScienceNow, an educational science program he hosted on PBS from 2006 to 2011. He played a major role in dismissing Pluto's classification as a planet.
BEFORE FAME
He earned a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University in 1991 and during his collegiate years he was on the rowing and the wrestling team.

FAMILY LIFE
He got married to Alice Young in 1988 and the couple has two children together.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He has made numerous guest appearances on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
TRIVIA
In 2001, US President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry and in 2004 he earned the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.

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