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Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his Ph.D in Astrophysics from Columbia. In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a twelve-member commission that studied the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations (for Congress and for the major agencies of the government) that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security. In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a nine-member commission on the Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy, dubbed the “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” commission. This group navigated a path by which the new space vision can become a successful part of the American agenda. And in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Council, which guides NASA through its perennial need to fit ambitious visions into restricted budgets. Neil deGrasse Tyson in the Rose Center for Earth and Space, casually pictured in front of the scales of the universe exhibit. Photo by Patrick Queen. Neil deGrasse Tyson by Patrick Queen for Columbia Magazine In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written and continues to write for the public.
The Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson, makes G. Keith smarter about the universe and the James Webb Telescope’s vision.