; born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.He was a member of the crew team during his freshman year, but returned to wrestling, lettering in his senior year.He was also active in dance, in styles including jazz, ballet, Afro-Caribbean, and Latin Ballroom.Material from the column appeared in his books Merlin's Tour of the Universe (1998) and Just Visiting This Planet (1998).Tyson served on a 2001 government commission on the future of the U. aerospace industry, and on the 2004 Moon, Mars and Beyond commission.From kindergarten throughout high school, Tyson attended public schools in the Bronx: P. My letter of application had been dripping with an interest in the universe.The admission office, unbeknownst to me, had forwarded my application to Carl Sagan's attention. Tyson revisited this moment on his first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
helping to further their work in establishing Type Ia supernovae as standard candles.
From 1995 to 2005, Tyson wrote monthly essays in the "Universe" column for Natural History magazine, some of which were later published in his books Death by Black Hole (2007) and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017).
During the same period, he wrote a monthly column in Star Date magazine, answering questions about the universe under the pen name "Merlin".
Tyson said, "I already knew I wanted to become a scientist.
But that afternoon, I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to become." Tyson chose to attend Harvard where he majored in physics and lived in Currier House.