Name: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Born: October 5, 1958
Occupation: Academic, author and media personality
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on October 5, 1958 in New York City, New York. He is the son of Cyril deGrasse Tyson, a sociologist and civil servant, and Sunchita Maria Feliciano Tyson, a government gerontologist. He has two siblings: Stephen Joseph and Lynn Antipas.
Growing up in a neighborhood of the Bronx, he attended the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy and The Bronx High School of Science. Upon graduation, Neil attended Harvard College and earned an AB degree in physics. He later worked on his graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin, earning an MA in astronomy. In 1988, Neil ventured into an astronomy graduate program at Columbia University, receiving an MPhil degree in astrophysics and a PhD in astrophysics. During his academic days, Neil spent his free time wrestling and being active in a wide array of dance styles, like jazz and ballet.
Neil is presently married to Alice Young and they have two children, Miranda and Travis. The family currently lives in Lower Manhattan.
He has maintained an extensive and successful career, concentrating on the topics of galactic astronomy, stellar formation, cosmology and stellar evolution. Neil has offered his immense intellect to various institutions, including the Hayden Planetarium, Princeton University, the University of Maryland and the American Museum of Natural History. He has even lent his genius to the United States government, where President George W. Bush appointed Neil to serve on the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry and later the President’s Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy.
One of the reasons why Neil is so successful is because he explains astronomy in a fun, simple and humorous way. This is part of the reason why Neil has appeared on many different television shows over the years, including “The Daily Show,” “BBC Horizon,” “The Colbert Report” and The History Channel’s “The Universe.
In 2009, Neil launched StarTalk, an hour-long radio talk show that was syndicated in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. After a brief hiatus, Neil re-launched the show as a podcast, and has had an eclectic field of guests, ranging from scientists to comedians.
Since 1994, Neil has authored about a dozen books, including “One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos,” “Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries,” “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” and “Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour.”
For the last 20 years, Neil has received numerous awards and honors: NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host and perhaps the most important distinction: 2000 People Magazine’s Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive.
We estimate that Neil deGrasse Tyson’s net worth is $2 million (2016).
So how much is $2 million really?
$2 million can pay for a fraction of NASA’s $18.4 billion annual budget. $2 million can also contribute to planetariums that are on the verge of closing down in the United States.