In every culture throughout the world, we can point to examples where science takes hold and changes the lives of these people forever. From agriculture to FabLabs, everyone has the ability to contribute to science in new and enlightening ways.
For Black History Month, we are taking this week to talk about African Americans and their contributions to the world of science & technology.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an Astrophysicist and science communicator. He is also the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and host of NOVA’s ScienceNOW on PBS.
Born in 1958, the son of a sociologist and gerontologist, Dr. Tyson’s passion for physics blossomed early in his life, giving his first lectures at the age of 15. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief for The Bronx School of Science’s Physics Science Journal. When applying to college, Dr. Tyson was courted by one of Cornell University’s most notable faculty members Carl Sagan (Tyson decided to go to Harvard).
A prolific writer and science communicator, Dr. Tyson’s research interests include the formation of stars, dwarf galaxies, and the Milky Way’s overall structure. In the 2000’s, Dr. Tyson was appointed by President Bush to sit on commissions to study the Future of the US Aerospace Industry and The Implementation of the US Space Exploration Policy.
Dr. Tyson has received many honorary degrees, and has written and communicated prolifically about science. However, he may currently be best known for his television show ScienceNOW on PBS.
Watch Dr. Tyson as he talks about his interest in science:
A few more tidbits about Dr. Tyson:
- 2000 – voted “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by People Magazine
- 2001 – Asteroid named: 13123 Tyson, renamed from Asteroid 1994KA by the International Astronomical Union
- 2001 – The Tech 100, voted by editors of Crain’s Magazine to be among the 100 most influential technology leaders in New York
- 2004 – 50 Most Important African-Americans in Research Science (read more here)
- 2007 – Harvard 100: Most Influential Harvard Alumni Magazine, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- 2007 – The Time 100, voted by the Editors of Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (read more here).
- 2008 – Discover Magazine selected him one of the ’50 Best Brains in Science’ (read more here)
Follow Dr. Tyson
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/neildegrassetyson
Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/neiltyson
NOVA ScienceNow – http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/
– Justin H. S. Breaux