Fast Facts

  • At the age of 14, won a scholarship from the Explorers Club for a cruise on the S.S. Canberra to Mauritania to see a solar eclipse.
  • Was the captain of the wrestling team and editor of the physical science journal at his high school.
  • As a senior in high school, was invited by Carl Sagan to visit him at Cornell University.
  • In 1996, became the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York.
  • In 1997, founded the Astrophysics Department at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Served as a presidential adviser when appointed by George W. Bush to a commission on the future of the aerospace industry in 2001.
  • In 2004, published a memoir, The Sky Is Not the Limit.
  • Was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007.
  • Is an avid collector of writing instruments.


  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series or Special: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Narrator: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series or Special: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Reality Host: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: Nominee


  • Sunchita Maria Feliciano Tyson — Mother
  • Travis — Son
  • Stephen J. Tyson — Nephew
  • Stephen Tyson — Brother
  • Alice Young — Wife
  • Miranda — Daughter
  • Cyril deGrasse Tyson — Father
  • Lynn — Sister


  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (BA in Physics, 1980); University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States (MA in Astronomy, 1983); Columbia University, New York, NY, US (MPhil in Astrophysics, 1989; PhD in Astrophysics, 1991)

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  • Birth Place: Bronx, New York, United States
  • Profession: Astrophysicist, Host

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