Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, is speaking at Hamilton tonight as part of the Sacerdote Great Names series. Earlier today he met with students in four Hamilton physics and an environmental studies class.
Born and raised in New York City, Tyson graduated from Bronx High School of Science. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia.
Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.
Recently Tyson served as executive editor and on-camera host and narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series. The show ran 13 episodes in primetime on the FOX network in 2014, and appeared in 181 countries in 45 languages around the world on the National Geographic Channels. Cosmos won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and two Critics Choice awards, among other industry recognitions.