Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil Degrasse Tyson by Kathleen KrullMany young readers will draw inspiration from this biography about the groundbreaking astrophysicists born in Manhattan. Clearly, his family did their best to nurture his interests in the stars, and their efforts paid off when he became director of the Hayden Planetarium. The lively text and illustrations make science even more interesting than it already is, and pay tribute to a man who is completely in love with the universe and all of its starry wonders. I felt as though I had the chance to get a glimpse into what makes this man tick and what inspires him, but I would also have liked to have had a few more of his own quotes included. Still, it was fun to see a biography about him in print, something that many students will be thrilled to read. I was impressed that the author points out the many side jobs he took when he was younger in order to afford the things he needed, a nice tribute to hard work and goal-setting. As an aside, I wonder how he manages to find so many star-related ties.
Sign in. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Born and raised in New York City, Tyson became interested in astronomy at the age of nine after a visit to the Hayden Planetarium. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, where he was editor-in-chief of the Physical Science Journal, he completed a bachelor's degree in physics at Harvard University in After receiving a master's degree in astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin in , he earned his master's and doctorate in astrophysics at Columbia University.
Some scientists get the Nobel Prize. A few get to appear on popular TV. Then you have the one who's on "The Daily Show," is an Internet meme and trades lines with Superman in a comic book, all while publishing in prestigious journals and running a renowned planetarium. You know we must be talking about Neil deGrasse Tyson, the African-American astrophysicist with the uncanny ability to reduce complex cosmic concepts into ideas the average person understands and finds entertaining. No wonder he has such a following among geeks and non-geeks alike. Throughout his career, he has taken his knowledge and enthusiasm for astronomy into television series, presentations and books aimed at nonscientists [source: Hayden Planetarium ].
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Since , he has been the Frederick P. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History , where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in and has been a research associate in the department since From to , he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. In , he joined the Hayden Planetarium as a staff scientist and the Princeton faculty as a visiting research scientist and lecturer. From to , 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 and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry During the same period, he wrote a monthly column in StarDate magazine, answering questions about the universe under the pen name "Merlin".
One of America's best-known scientists, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has spent much of his career sharing his knowledge with others. He has a great talent for presenting complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner. After studying at Harvard University, he earned his doctorate from Columbia University in Tyson went to work for the Hayden Planetarium in before becoming its director. Tyson remains a popular TV science expert today and has amassed over 13 million followers on Twitter. When he was nine, he took a trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History where he got his first taste of star-gazing.