Neil deGrasse Tyson has to be my favorite astrophysicist. Had I traveled Tyson’s path, (bachelor degree in physics from Harvard, master’s degree in astronomy from University of Texas, and doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia ) I too would dedicate my life to making science accessible. Tyson embodies joy, enthusiasm and purpose – his undeniable presence worthy of the National Academy of Science 2015 Public Welfare Medal for “his extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science”.
Anyone who watches PBS or the Discovery channel likely recognize Tyson – host of last year’s revamp of Carl Sagan series Cosmos, the PBS NOVA series ScienceNow, or his podcast turned television series, Star Talk.
Ponder a few video clips of Tyson – straight talking, unapologetic snippets from a man I admire.