Neil deGrasse Tyson

Stephen Colbert's Best Friend

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The story of Mr. Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on October 5, 1958 in Manhattan, New York. He studied at Columbia University, UT at Austin, Harvard, and The Bronx High School of Science. He's worked at the Hayden Planetarium, hosted Nova: ScienceNow, and Planetary Society, NASA, amongst other things.

Major Discoveries and contributions.

He took science and said it in a way that normal people could understand it. Some of his awards for his work include the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, Klopsteg Memorial Award Winner, he also received honorary doctorates at 17 universities. He was included in the Time 100, the Harvard 100, and the Tech 100; as well as had an asteroid named after him (13123 Tyson).

Controversies and the such

Changed the beliefs of the day by making science understandable to average people. Started and participated in many public outreach programs for NASA and science in general. Not only did this not cost him personally or professionally, but it boosted his career by miles and met some of his best friends along the way.

Did you know...

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson was named Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by Time Magazine
  • He has appeared on The Colbert Report 7 times
  • He has made appearances on The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy, Stargate Atlantis (alongside Bill Nye) and The Big Bang Theory


  • "The most boring constellation: Triangulum Australis. A profound lack of imagination- any three stars in the sky makes a triangle."
  • "I think of space not as the final frontier but as the next frontier. Not as something to be conquered but to be explored."
  • "I've come to conclude that Fettuccini Alfredo is just Mac-and-cheese for food snobs."
  • "Geek email signoff: No trees were killed to send this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced."