World Famous Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, his inspiring life journey! 

Neil deGrasse Tyson, when he was a kid, he grew up in a place where he could barely see the stars and still he became America’s most famous Astrophysicist. On his 63rd birthday let’s walk through his life journey and know about the famous Astrophysicist Neil.

 

• At the age of 9 he went to a planetarium for the 1st time and that’s where the dream to become an astrophysicist started.

• At the age of 12 he set up his 1st telescope on the roof of his building and his telescope looked like a gun and his skin colour (brown) made the neighbours suspicious and they called the police on him.

• His dedication or let’s call it an obsession for astronomy made him a professor at the age of 15. He gave lectures on the subject at the mere age of 15. And because of this he also won research trips abroad.

• He graduated in 1976 and when he was applying for college he turned down an invitation by famous Astronomer Carl Sagan, who was a faculty member at Cornell University, who tried to recruit Tyson to Cornell for undergraduate studies. He took admission at Haward because he calculated that more astrophysics articles are published at Harvard. He was also active in dance, in styles including jazz, ballet, Afro-Caribbean, and Latin Ballroom.

• Even after being a brilliant student, he faced discrimination because of his colour, he was stopped many times by police officers. “I could point countless hundreds of times where I grew up with discrimination, I don’t make a big deal out of it because my ambition was bigger than the forces that were against me.”

• He failed his 1st attempt to finish his PhD, but he worked hard and achieved a higher rankings position at institutions including the University of Maryland, Princeton University, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Hayden Planetarium, the 1st planetarium he ever went. Within 2 years of joining the Hayden Planetarium, he became the Director.

• In 2001 President George W. Bush appointed him to work the commission on the future of the aerospace industry and in 2004 to serve on the latter “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” commission.

• In 2001, he stated that Pluto is not a planet, it gave rise to the most famous Pluto controversy and he became the vocal figure in public discussions of Pluto’s status.

• In 2020 he became a host of Cosmos, a web series based on Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan, written by Ann Druyan Steven Soter.

• He also featured in many movies like Bill Nyle: The Science Guy, Batman Vs Superman, Ice Age: Collision Course, For the love of Spock and many more.