Saturn

Curriculum Vitae

Astrophysicist & Frederick P. Rose Director

Hayden Planetarium

American Museum of Natural History

From May 1996

Research Associate

Department of Astrophysics

American Museum of Natural History

From July 2003

Graduate:

  • PhD

    Astrophysics, May 1991

    Columbia University, New York City

    Research area: Galactic Bulge: chemical evolution, abundances, and structure

    Advisor: Prof. R. Michael Rich

  • MPhil

    Astrophysics, May 1989

    Columbia University, New York City

    Research area: Stellar Evolution

  • MA

    Astronomy, May 1983

    University of Texas, Austin, Texas

    Research area: Star Formation models for Dwarf Galaxies

    Advisor: Prof. John M. Scalo

College:

  • BA

    Physics, June 1980

    Harvard University

    Cambridge, Massachusetts

High School:

Visiting Research Scientist and Lecturer

Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Princeton University

July 1994 – June 2003

Project Scientist

$210 Million Reconstruction

Hayden Planetarium

Rose Center for Earth and Space

January 1997 – February 2000

Founder and Chair

Department of Astrophysics

American Museum of Natural History

December 1997 – June 1999

Acting Director

American Museum - Hayden Planetarium

June 1995 – April 1996

Staff Scientist

American Museum - Hayden Planetarium

July 1994 – May 1995

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Astrophysics

Princeton University

July 1991 – June 1994

Lecturer

Department of Astronomy

University of Maryland

January 1987 – December 1987

The Faint-End Slopes of Galaxy Luminosity Functions in the COSMOS Field

C. T. Liu et al., 2008, Astrophysical Journal Letters, v.672, p.198

COSMOS: Hubble Space Telescope Observations

N. Scoville et al., 2007, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, v.172, p.38

The Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS): Overview

N. Scoville et al., 2007, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, v.172, p.1

Optical light curves of the Type IA supernovae SN 1990N and 1991T

P. Lira et al., 1998, Astronomical Journal, v.115, p.234

(See also Erratum: 1998, Astronomical Journal, v.116, p.1006)

BVRI Light Curves For 29 Type Ia Supernovae

M. Hamuy et al., 1996, Astronomical Journal, v.112, p.2408

The Type Ia Supernova 1989B in NGC3627 (M66)

L. A. Wells et al., 1994, Astronomical Journal, v.108, p.2233

The Expanding Photosphere Method Applied to SN1992am at cz = 14600 km/s

B. P. Schmidt et al., 1994, Astronomical Journal, v.107, p.1444

On the Possibility of a Major Impact on Uranus in the Past Century

Neil D. Tyson et al, 1993, Astronomy & Astrophysics (Research Notes), v.275, p.630

An Exposure Guide for Taking Twilight Flatfields with Large Format CCDs

Neil D. Tyson & Roy R. Gal, 1993, Astronomical Journal, v.105, p.1206

Radial Velocity Distribution and Line Strengths of 33 Carbon Stars in the Galactic Bulge

Neil D. Tyson & R. Michael Rich, 1991, Astrophysical Journal, v.367, p.547

On the possibility of Gas-Rich Dwarf Galaxies in the Lyman-alpha Forest

Neil D. Tyson, 1988, Astrophysical Journal (Letters), v.329, p.L57

Bursting Dwarf Galaxies: Implications for Luminosity Function, Space Density, and Cosmological Mass Density

Neil D. Tyson & John M. Scalo, 1988, Astrophysical Journal, v.329, p.618

uvby Photometry of Blue Stragglers in NGC 7789

Bruce A. Twarog & Neil D. Tyson, 1985, Astronomical Journal, v.90, p.1247

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), September 2018

A review and assessment of the centuries-old relationship between the study of the universe and the waging of war, with emphasis on the technologies common to both.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Neil deGrasse Tyson

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), May 2017

A brief, playful introduction to modern astrophysics.

Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, & J. Richard Gott III

Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), November 2016

Based on a popular astrophysics course with math, but for non-majors, co-taught at Princeton university.

StarTalk: The Book

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the staff of StarTalk Radio & Television

National Geographic Books (Washington, DC), September 2016

A playful compendium of the science, humor, and pop culture, which, when woven together, comprises the award winning StarTalk Radio & Television show.

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Neil deGrasse Tyson. Edited by Avis Lang

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), Feb 27, 2012

Reflections on the mismatch between the public’s vision of our future in space and persistent geo-political forces that thwart them.

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

Neil deGrasse Tyson

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), 2009

An exposition of the often-tempestuous correspondence between Tyson and his colleagues as well as between Tyson and school children—all over the demotion of Pluto from its planet status.

Death By Black Hole, And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Neil deGrasse Tyson

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), 2007

Anthology of the best essays that have appeared in Natural History magazine under the title “Universe.”

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Neil deGrasse Tyson & Donald Goldsmith

W. W. Norton & Company (New York), 2004

The remarkable beginnings of life, the universe, and everything. Companion Book to the PBS-NOVA series on cosmic origins. Premiered September 28-29, 2004

Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge

Steven Soter & Neil deGrasse Tyson, eds.

The New Press (New York), 2001

A collection of twenty contributed essays on the modern frontier of astrophysics, with commentary and historical material added by the editors. A book conceived along with the 2000 opening of the Hayden Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth and Space.

The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Doubleday (New York), 2000

Revised and updated: Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2004

Autobiographical reflections.

One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charles Liu, & Robert Irion

Joseph Henry Press of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), 2000

The connections of astrophysics with everyday life. The companion book to the 2000 opening of the Hayden Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Winner: American Institute of Physics, 2001 Science Writing Award

Just Visiting this Planet

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Main Street Books, an imprint of Doubleday (New York), 1998

A collection of six years from a Q & A column written monthly for Star Date Magazine. Sequel to Merlin’s Tour of the Universe (see below) that contains chapters of questions about astronomy and space asked by the general public and answered through the pen name “Merlin.”

Universe Down to Earth

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Columbia University Press (New York), 1994

Essays on special topics in astronomy that evolved principally from invited talks and lectures delivered for introductory college astronomy classes at Columbia University, University of Maryland, and University of Texas. The book uses creative “household” analogies to help bring complex topics of the universe to the lay reader.

Merlin’s Tour of the Universe

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Columbia University Press (New York), 1989

Thirteen chapters of questions about astronomy and space asked by the general public and answered through the pen name “Merlin.”

Foreword: “The Language of the Universe”

In Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History

By Lynn Gamwell

Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2015

Foreword: “Reflections on Carl Sagan’s Cosmos”

In Cosmos

By Carl Sagan

Random House (New York, NY), 1980; 2014

“Delusions of Space Enthusiasts”

In The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007, pp. 53–60

Edited by Richard Preston and Tim Folger

Mariner Books (New York), 2007

Adapted from a Natural History Magazine essay

Foreword

In Fly Me to the Moon: An Insider’s Guide to the New Science of Space Travel

By Edward Belbruno

Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2007

Foreword

In The Cosmic Perspective - Textbook

By Jeffrey Bennett, Megan Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, and Mark Voit

Benjamin Cummings Press (San Francisco), 2006

Foreword

In Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science, and the Spiritual

By Lynn Gamwell

Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2005

“Reach for Your Own Star”

In Kids Who Think Outside the Box

Edited by Stephanie Lerner

AMACOM (New York), 2005

“The Sky Is Not the Limit”

In Open the Unusual Door

Edited by Barbara Summers

Graphia (New York), 2005

Adapted from Memoir

“Gravity in Reverse”

In The Best American Science Writing 2004, pp. 53–60

Edited by Dava Sobel

Ecco/HarperCollins (New York), 2004

Adapted from a Natural History Magazine article

“Holy Wars: An Astrophysicist Ponders the God Question”

In Science and Religion: Are They Compatible, pp. 73–79

Edited by Paul Kurtz and Barry Karr

Prometheus Books (Amherst, NY), 2003

Adapted from a Natural History Magazine essay

“Powers of Ten”

In Power, the book compendium of the 2002 Darwin Lecture Series of the same name

Darwin College, University of Cambridge. Cambridge University Press (Cambridge), 2003

“Space Travel Troubles”

In Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Forty Years of U.S. Human Space Flight, p. 127

Edited by Steve J. Garber

NASA (Washington D.C.), 2002

Adapted from a televised May 8, 2001 presentation in a George Washington University NASA symposium

“Space, You Can’t Get There from Here”

In Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Science, Technology, and Society, p. 175

Edited by Thomas A. Easton

McGraw-Hill/Dushkin (Guilford, CT), 2002

Adapted from Space Travel Troubles in Natural History magazine.

“Space, You Can’t Get There from Here”

In The Well-Crafted Argument, p. 427

Edited by Fred E. White & Simone J. Billings

Houghton Mifflin Co. (Boston), 2001

Adapted from Space Travel Troubles in Natural History magazine.

“Science’s Endless Golden Age”

In The Invisible Future: The Seamless Integration of Technology with Everyday Life, p. 1

Edited by Peter J. Denning

McGraw Hill (New York), 2001

“Certain Uncertainties”

In Skeptical Odysseys, p. 176

Edited by Paul Kurtz

Prometheus Books (Amherst, NY), 2001

“What are the Grand Questions of Science”

In Closer to Truth: Challenging Current Belief, p. 311

Edited by Robert Lawrence Kuhn

McGraw Hill (New York), 2000

From a PBS televised panel

“What are the next breakthroughs in science”

In Closer to Truth: Challenging Current Belief, p. 325

Edited by Robert Lawrence Kuhn

McGraw Hill (New York), 2000

From a PBS televised panel

“Paths to Discovery”

In The Columbia History of the 20th Century, p. 461

Edited by Richard Buillet

Columbia Press (New York), 1998

The Huffington Post

“What Science Is and How and Why it Works”

The Blog, November 18, 2015

Foreign Affairs, NY

“The Case For Space”

March/April 2012

Parade Magazine, NY

“For the Love of Hubble”

Cover story, June 22, 2008

“Why America Needs to Explore Space”

Cover story, August 5, 2007

Natural History Magazine, NY

“Universe” — Monthly Essayist

January 1995 – December 2005

Principal source of content for the books Death By Black Hole and Space Chronicles.

StarDate Magazine, Austin, TX

“Merlin” — Monthly Q&A Columnist

January 1995 – December 2005

Principal source of content for the books Merlin’s Tour of the Universe and Just Visiting This Planet.

The New York Times

“If I Were President…”

Week in Review, August 21, 2011

Part of a collection of opinions on the question: “If I Were President…”

“Remembering Richard Holbrooke”

Letter to the Editor, December 16, 2010

A science-politics anecdote from my first encounter with the Clinton-era Diplomat.

“No Apocalypse in 2012”

Letter to the Editor, August 24, 2010

Thoughts on the upcoming solar maximum and the 2012 doomsday myth.

“A Teacher, a Student and a Church-State Dispute”

Letter to the Editor, December 21, 2006

Commentary on the assertion that religious beliefs should be taught alongside science in public school.

“World Trade Center Anniversary”

Letter to the Editor, September 11, 2002

Eyewitness reflections on the anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

“Destiny in Space”

Op-Ed, January 1, 2001

Our achievements in space compared with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“Misaligned Stars”

Op-Ed, July 22, 1998

A commentary on science literacy in the arts and society.

Hayden Planetarium, NY

“Windows to the Universe”

Space Show

Spring 1996

“Art in the Service of Science—A Hayden Retrospective”

Curated Exhibit

Spring 1996

“Cosmic Mind Bogglers”

Space Show

Fall 1995

Twitter

Joined: February 2009

Followers: Over 12 million

Average Growth Rate: Between 4,000 & 5,000 followers per day

Average Post Rate: 10 Tweets per week

Miscellaneous cosmic thoughts, tidbits, and sky phenomena.

Top YouTube Appearances
Duration Views
Video (min) (millions)
Most Astounding Fact 3.5 10
We’re All Connected 4 7
Cinema Sins: Everything Wrong With Gravity 10 6.5
NDT Destroys Bill O’Reilly 3 4.5
Does the Universe Have a Purpose? 2.5 2.7
Stephen Colbert Interviews NDT 80 2.5
Tyson Rebukes Dawkins 2 2.5
My Man, Sir Isaac Newton 2 2.5
We Stopped Dreaming 5.3 2.1
A Brief History of Everything 8.5 2
My Man, Sir Isaac Newton [SLOW MOTION] 2 0.9
StarTalk Television & StarTalk Radio

Host and Executive Producer

AUDIO: Sirius XM “Insight” Channel 121; iTunes Podcast; Soundhound

Summer 2009 – Current

VIDEO: National Geographic Channel

Fall 2014 – Current

Using a comedic co-host, coupled with weekly guests drawn from pop-culture, this science-based talk show targets an audience who never thought to listen to science on the radio, or watch in a Talk Show format.

COSMOS: A Space-Time Odyssey

On-Camera Host and Executive Editor

FOX, Burbank, CA & Cosmos Studios, Ithaca, NY

US Premiere: March 9, 2014

World: 181 Countries, in 47 Languages

A 21st century continuation in 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series from 1980.

NOVA scienceNOW

On-Camera Host and Executive Editor

PBS, WGBH, Boston & NYC

February 2006 – May 2011

Hip, fast-paced, magazine style science program for all ages.

The Pluto Files

On-Camera Host and Executive Editor

PBS, NOVA — WGBH, Boston

March 2010

Based on the book of the same name, chronicling the scientific arguments and the cultural reactions to Pluto losing its planet status.

Origins

On-Camera Host and Executive Editor

PBS NOVA — WGBH, Boston

September 2004

Based on the book of the same name, a four-part series detailing the latest scientific understandings for the origin of Earth, stars, the universe, and life.

Selected Television Interviews
Show Network Appearances
The Colbert Report Comedy Central 12 (the show’s record)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central 9
Real Time with Bill Maher HBO 7
Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC 1
Late Show with Conan O’Brien NBC 1
Late Show with Jimmy Fallon NBC 2
Charlie Rose PBS 6
News Hour PBS 4
Tavis Smiley PBS 3
Mo’Nique BET 1
Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) sessions

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

Sy Fy Channel

Released: July 25, 2018

Cameo: “Merlin”

Future ’38

Indie Film

Released: December 1, 2017

Cameo: Himself

Audio Comment Track for DVD/BluRay Extras

Ice Age 5: Collision Course

20th Century Fox

Released: July 22, 2016

Animated Cameo: “Neil deBuck Weasel”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Warner Brothers Pictures

Released: March 25, 2016

Cameo: Himself

Zoolander 2

Paramount

Released: February 12, 2016

Cameo: Himself

The Quiet Earth

Indie Film

Released: October 18, 1986

Audio Comment Track for DVD/BluRay Extras

Regular Show

Season 8, Episodes 19-20: “Terror Tales of the Park VI”

Aired: October 27, 2016

Comedy Central

Animated Cameo: Himself

The Simpsons

“Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson”

Aired: October 22, 2017

FOX

Cameo: Himself

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow

Single Player Video Game

Released: June 29, 2017

Animated Cameo: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Head

The Simpsons

Season 28, Episode 19: “The Caper Chase”

Aired: April 2, 2017

FOX

Animated Cameo: Himself

Future Worm

Episode 1: “Long Live Captain Cakerz!/Terrible Tuber Trouble/Healin’ Touch with Dr. D”

Aired: August 1, 2016

Disney XD Channel

Animated Cameo: Himself

Bojack Horseman

Season 3, Episode 11: “That’s Too Much Man!”

Aired: July 22, 2016

Netflix

Animated Cameo: Himself

100 Things To Do Before High School

Episode 22: “Meet Your Idol Thing!”

Aired: February 6, 2016

Nickelodeon

Cameo: Himself

Family Guy

Season 14, Episode 12: “Scammed Yankees”

Aired: January 17, 2016

FOX

Animated Cameo: Himself

Family Guy

Season 9, Episode 16: “The Big Bang Theory”

Aired: May 8, 2011

FOX

Science Advisor end-card

The Big Bang Theory

Season 4, Episode 7: “The Apology Insufficiency”

Aired: November 4, 2010

CBS

Cameo: Himself

StarGate Atlantis

Season 5, Episode 16: “Brain Storm”

Aired: November 21, 2008

Sci-Fi Channel

Cameo: Himself (appearing with Bill Nye)

The Big Bang Theory

Season 11, Episode 1: “The Proposal Proposal”

Aired: September 25, 2017

CBS

Time stamp: Approx 8 min

Amy Farrah Fowler: You know what, Sheldon? You’re not always the smartest person in every room. You may not even be the smartest person in this room.

Sheldon Cooper: Oh, I am sorry. What, is Neil deGrasse Tyson hiding behind the couch? ’Cause if he is, he’s not that smart; it’s pretty dusty back there.

Orange is the New Black

Season 1, Episode 12: “Fool Me Once”

Aired: July 11, 2013

Netflix

Time stamp: Approx 50 min

Chapman: No, see, this isn’t “doubts.” I believe in science. I believe in evolution. I believe in Nate Silver, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Christopher Hitchens, although I do admit he could be kind of an asshole. I cannot get behind some supreme being who weighs in on the Tony awards while a million people get whacked with machetes. I don’t believe a billion Indians are going to hell, I don’t think we get cancer to learn life lessons, and I don’t believe that people die young because God needs another angel. I think it’s just bullshit, and on some level I think we all know that, I mean, [addressing other Christians] don’t you?

StarGate Atlantis

Season 4, Episode 16: “Trio”

Aired: February 8, 2008

Sci-Fi Channel

Time stamp: Approx 15 min

Keller: Well, want to play twenty questions? I’ll let you go first. Animal, vegetable, or mineral?

Carter: I’m good. Thanks.

Keller: (sighing) Well, here’s a better one we can play. Brad Pitt or George Clooney? If you had to choose.

Carter: Mmm… Clooney, I guess.

Keller: Pitt all the way. Okay, you go. Come on, it’s easy. Any two guys I would know.

Carter: Okay, okay. Un… Brian Greene or Neil deGrasse Tyson?

[Keller stares at Carter with a blank look.]

Carter: They’re physicists.

Keller: Uh-huh.

Carter: They’re on TV. I picked ones you should know.

Keller: (shrugging) Uh… Brian Greene, I guess?

Carter: (shaking her head) Pfft… Tyson, all the way.

McKay: Are you talking about Neil Degrasse Tyson? He once stole an idea from me. Did I tell you that story?

Carter: Only about a dozen times, McKay.

Stephen Hawking Medal for Outstanding Communication
Award Ceremony: Starmus Festival, Trondheim, Norway, June 2017
Hubbard Medal for Distinction in Exploration, Discovery, and Research
National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, June 2017
Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Informational Programming
StarTalk [NatGeo Channel]; Award Ceremony: September 2016
Knight Innovation Award—CUNY School of Journalism, NYC
For innovative use of media. October 2015
Public Welfare Medal—National Academy of Sciences, DC
Highest award of the NAS, for bringing science to nation. April 2015
iTunes Best podcasts of 2014
StarTalk—Sirius XM “Insight” Channel 121
Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Narration
Hubble’s Cosmic Journey [NatGeo Channel]; Award Ceremony: September 2015
Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Informational Programming
StarTalk [NatGeo Channel]; Award Ceremony: September 2015
Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Documentary
Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey [FOX]; Award Ceremony: August 2014
Critics Choice Award: Best Host of Reality Series
Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey [FOX]; June 19, 2014
Most Influential Nerds of 2014
GQ Magazine, Condé Nast, New York: July 24, 2014
Time Top Tweeters 2012: 140 Best Twitter Feeds
Voted by the Editors of Time Magazine (March 2012) picks the 140 Twitter feeds that are the best in the world
Time Top Tweeters 2011: 140 best Twitter Feeds
Voted by the Editors of Time Magazine (March 2011) picks the 140 Twitter feeds that are the best in the world
Harvard 100: Most Influential Harvard Alumni
02138 Magazine, Cambridge. Massachusetts: December 2, 2007
NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal
For service on NASA’s Advisory council. November 2007
The Time 100
Voted by the Editors of Time Magazine (May 4, 2007) as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Top Ten Space Imaginations at Work
Space.com, 2006
Writer-In-Residence
Department of English, Yeshiva University, New York. Fall 2005
NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal
The highest honor awarded by NASA to a non-government civilian. September 22, 2004
The Tech 100
Voted by editors of Crain’s Magazine (May 21, 2001) to be among the 100 most influential technology leaders in New York.
Medal of Excellence
Columbia University, New York City, Commencement: May 16, 2001
Asteroid: “13123 Tyson”
Renamed from Asteroid 1994KA on November 19, 2000 by the International Astronomical Union. Discovered by Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy. A main-belt asteroid peaking at Vmag = 16.9
Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive
In People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue November 13, 2000
Crain’s Magazine “40 under 40”
Voted by Craines’ editors in 1996 to be among the forty most influential New Yorkers under the age of forty.

Doctor of Humane Letters
Yale University, New Haven; Commencement: May 21, 2018
Doctor of Science
Baruch College, City College of New York; Commencement: June 5, 2017
Doctor of Science
Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Commencement: May 8, 2015
Doctor of Science
Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts. Commencement: May 20, 2012
Doctor of Science
Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts. Commencement: May 19, 2012
Doctor of Science
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Commencement: May 22, 2011
Doctor of Science
University of Alabama, Huntsville, New York. Commencement: December 3, 2010
Doctor of Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Commencement: May 29, 2010
Doctor of Science
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut. Commencement: May 23, 2010
Doctor of Science
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Commencement: May 19, 2008
Doctor of Science
Howard University, Washington, DC. Commencement: May 10, 2008
Doctor of Science
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Commencement: June 3, 2007
Doctor of Science
Worcester Polytechnic Insitute, Worcester, Massachusetts. Commencement: May 19, 2007
Doctor of Science
Pace University, New York City. Convocation: April 23, 2006
Doctor of Humane Letters
City University of New York, College of Staten Island, Commencement: June 3, 2004
Doctor of Science
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, Commencement: June 14, 2003
Doctor of Science
Bloomfield College, Bloomfield New Jersey, Commencement: May 23, 2002
Doctor of Science
University of Richmond, Richmond Virginia, Commencement: May 13, 2001
Doctor of Science
Ramapo College, Mahway, New Jersey, Commencement: May 22, 2000
Doctor of Science
Dominican College, Orangeburg, New York, Commencement: May 21, 2000
Doctor of Science
York College, City University of New York, Commencement: June 2, 1997

$354,000 PI, The Sloan Foundation (2014: 312 months): In support of StarTalk Radio, enabling the show to expand in a commercially viable way to internet video and television.
$1,500,000 PI, National Science Foundation (2010: 36 months) Informal Science Education: StarTalk Radio Show. Using a comedic co-host and with weekly guests drawn from pop-culture, this broadcast (and Internet) radio talk show on science targets an audience that never thought to listen to science on the radio.
$200,000 PI, National Science Foundation (2009: 12 months) Informal Science Education, Small Grants for Exploratory Research: StarTalk Radio Show—Pilots. Thirteen radio talk show pilot programs broadcast live in DC and LA, experimenting with various guests and co-hosts for how best to bring the universe to listeners who would not otherwise think to listen to science on the radio.
$100,000 Co-I, NASA (2003: 24 months) Hubble Treasury Program: COSMOS 2-degree field, large scale structure of the universe at high redshift.
$2,800,000 Co-I, NASA (2001: 18 months) The Search for Life: Are We Alone?, The second space show to run in the newly rebuilt Hayden Planetarium.
$1,500,000 Co-PI, NASA (October 2000 – September 2003) New York City Space Science Research Alliance, creating a new space science degree in the City University of New York.
$840,000 Co-PI, National Science Foundation (October 1999 – September 2002) Visualization of High Dimensional Data in Comparative Morphology
$450,000 PI, National Science Foundation (May 1999 – September 2003) Partner in the Grand Challenge Cosmology Consortium Administered by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Urbana, Illinois.
$2,000,000 Co-I & Project Director, NASA (September 1997 – March 1999) Digital Galaxy Project—Part of the $8 million launch of the National Center for Science Literacy Education and Technology at the American Museum of Natural History
$23,000 PI, Science Foundation (July 1993 – December 1994) to study the Galactic Bulge: Structure and Dynamics and Dwarf Galaxies: Star Formation, Supernovae, and Detection
$5,000 ARCS Foundation, New York City (January 1989 – December 1990) Intergalactic Supernovae

Journals

  • Nature
  • Astronomical Journal
  • Astrophysical Journal

Observing Proposals

  • Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

Major Grants

  • National Science Foundation
  • NASA

Book Publishers

  • Anchor Books
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Columbia University Press
  • DK Publishers
  • Free Press
  • Houghton-Mifflin
  • National Academy Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Princeton University Press
  • Visible Ink Press
  • Walker Press
  • W. W. Norton

Hubble Space Telescope (COSMOS Collab) 650 Orbits 2003, 2004
Palomar Observatory California 1994, 1995
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory Chile 1988-1993
Millimeter Radio Astronomy Institute Spain 1993
Apache Point Observatory New Mexico 1992
Very Large Array New Mexico 1990
Kitt Peak National Observatory Arizona 1988, 1989

2001 Senior Thesis: Adam Gittes (Princeton)
“Variable Star Light Curves From Massive Data sets: Classifications and Interpretations”
1995 Junior Thesis: Ronald Kim (Princeton)
“The Binary Star frequency at High Galactic Latitude”
1994 Senior Thesis: Konata Stinson (Princeton)
“The Radial Dependence of Supernova Rates in Galaxies”
1993 Junior Thesis: Peter Bloser (Princeton)
“An Estimate of the Supernova Rate in Abell Clusters”
1992 Summer Project: Roy Gal (Columbia)
“An Exposure Guide for Taking Twilight Flatfields with Large Format CCDs” (See the published paper.)

Semester Title Enrollment Student profile

Yeshiva University, New York

“Writer-In-Residence” for the Department of English

Fall 2005 Writing Science and Nature Seminar 12 (limited) For English majors and others

Princeton University

Visiting Lecturer with rank of Associate Professor

Spring 2003 The Universe 250 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 2002 The Universe 250 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 2001 The Universe 200 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 2000 The Universe 125 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 1999 The Universe 125 (limited) For non-science majors
Spring 1997 Modern Astrophysics 45 For science majors

Princeton University

Lecturer

Spring 1996 Cosmic Discovery: How we have come to learn what we know about the universe 14 (limited) Freshman Seminar
Spring 1995 The Universe 80 For non-science majors

Hayden Planetarium

Director

Spring 2003 Introduction to Space Science: Frontiers of Matter, Motion and Energy 100 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Fall 2002 Introduction to Space Science: Matter, Motion, and Energy 100 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Spring 2002 Introduction to Space Science: Universe 80 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Winter 2001 Introduction to Space Science: Galaxies 80 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Fall 2001 Introduction to Space Science: Stars 80 (limited) Satisfying part of a NASA-funded Space Science curriculum for the City University of New York
Spring 2001 Astrophysics Round Table 40 Rotating topics on the frontier
Fall 2000 The Making of the Rose Center for Earth and Space 40

Columbia University

Graduate student

1988–1991 Assorted guest lectures 50 to 150

University of Maryland

Lecturer

Spring 1987 Introductory Astronomy 180
Fall 1987 Introductory Astronomy 300

University of Texas

Graduate student

1980–1985 Assorted guest lectures 30 to 300

05/2008 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Cambridge, MA
03/2005 National Science Foundation Arlington, VA
01/2005 MIT Lincoln Labs Lexington, MA
01/2005 University of Washington Seattle, WA
12/2004 Duke University Durham, NC
11/2004 NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA
05/2004 Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Stanford, CA
07/2003 Brookhaven Laboratories Long Island, NY
12/2002 Princeton University. Joint Sponsors: Woodrow Wilson School, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Astrophysics Princeton, NJ
10/2002 Pappalardo Lecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics Cambridge, MA
03/2002 Penn State, Department of Astrophysics State College, PA
11/2000 Caltech, Department of Astronomy Pasadena, CA
09/2000 Space Telescope Science Institute Baltimore, MD
04/2000 University of Toronto & CITA Toronto, Canada
04/2000 Rutgers University, Department of Astronomy New Brunswick, NJ
01/1998 American Museum of Natural History, Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences New York City
12/1997 Swarthmore College, Department of Physics & Astronomy Swarthmore, PA
04/1996 Augsburg College, Department of Physics Minneapolis, MN
05/1995 New York Academy of Sciences New York
02/1994 Lehigh University, Department of Physics Bethlehem, PA
12/1993 University of California, Department of Astronomy Santa Cruz, CA
10/1993 Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratories Princeton, NJ
10/1993 Ohio Sate University, Department of Astronomy Columbus, OH
06/1993 University of Washington, Department of Astronomy Seattle, WA
04/1993 University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy College Park, MD
03/1993 Rutgers University, Department of Astronomy New Brunswick, NJ
10/1992 University of Virginia, Department of Astronomy Charlottesville, VA
10/1992 National Radio Astronomy Observatory Charlottesville, VA
09/1992 University of Massachusetts, Department of Geology Amherst, MA
03/1992 York College, Department of Natural Sciences Queens, New York
05/1991 Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory La Serena, Chile
09/1990 Osservatorio Astronomico di Capadimonte. Funded by: Academia Nazionale di Science Lettere e Arti. Naples, Italy
09/1988 Yale University, Dept. of Astronomy New Haven, CT
10/1987 University of Missouri, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy St. Louis, MO
12/1986 University of Maryland, Astronomy Program College Park, MD

Defense Innovation Board

Department of Defense, Pentagon

Washington, DC

August 2016 – current

Appointed by the US Secretary of Defense as an advisor to the DoD’s future of sci-tech innovation.

Board of Directors, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF)

New York City

February 2006 – current

Elected to the Board HEAF, an organization that helps inner city children from disadvantaged backgrounds develop the attitudes, skills and values that will enable them to lead satisfying and productive lives in mainstream American life.

Board of Directors, The Planetary Society

Pasadena, California

May 1997 – December 2015

Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey

National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences

Washington, DC

November 2008 – September 2010

Member of the Survey Committee and of the Subcommittee on State of the Profession.

National Academy of Sciences Committee on Evolution

Washington, DC

December 2005 – December 2006

Committee to update the NSF’s official statement denouncing the teaching of Creationism and Intelligent Design as science in the school systems.

NASA Advisory Council

Washington, DC

December 2005 – November 2008

Appointed by the NASA Administrator to serve on its Advisory Council, to help to guide NASA’s scientific, technological, and budgetary steps forward in space.

White House Commission

Washington, DC

February 2004 – June 2004

Appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on a nine-member Commission on the Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. To establish an executable plan that enables the White House’s vision for America’s future in space.

Committee for the Presidential Medal of Science

Washington, DC

January 2003 – December 2005

Appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on its 12-member Selection Committee.

Board of Directors, Space Foundation

Colorado Springs

January 2007 – Current: Honorary

January 2003 – December 2006: Director

The Space Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that vigorously supports civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors along with educational excellence.

White House Commission

Washington, DC

September 2001 – November 2002

Appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the 12-member Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. To study the health of the United States aerospace industry and how it affects national security, the aviation economy, and our future in space.

Board of Directors, Phipps Houses, Inc.

New York City

November 2000 – October 2003

A not-for-profit organization that promotes and provides housing to the indigent of the inner city.

Math & Physical Sciences Directorate Advisory Committee

National Science Foundation

Washington, DC

November 2000 – October 2003

Decadal Survey in Astronomy & Astrophysics Subcommittee on Education and Public Policy

National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences

Washington, DC

January 1999 – December 2000

Appointed to the Subcommittee on Education and Public Policy.

Board of Directors, American Astronomical Society

Washington, DC

June 1998 – June 2001

Elected by the membership to the Board of Directors (the “Council”) of the AAS (Washington, DC).

NASA’s Space Science Advisory Committee

Washington, DC

May 1997 – April 1998

Astronomy Education Board, American Astronomical Society

Washington, DC

June 1997 – June 2002

Board of Directors, Amateur Astronomers Association

New York City

March 1997 – June 2003

Board of Directors, Astronauts Memorial Foundation

Kennedy Space Center, Florida

November 1993 – October 1998

Chess in the Schools

New York City

Fall 1998 – Spring 2003

Technical Advisor to a program that brings chess to inner city schools as a curriculum supplement to boost grades and attendance.

Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal

Buffalo, New York

Spring 1995 – ongoing

Science in the City, AMNH

New York City

Spring 1991 – Spring 1993

Science Instructor for this program that serves inner city children of homeless single parents. Conducted by the Department of Education of the American Museum of Natural History.

The New York Times

New York City

Spring 1989 – Fall 1999

“Science Times” Questions and Answers

The Washington Post

February 24, 2015

Star Talker: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Fame, Education, and Tweets

By Karen Heller

The National Review magazine

July 21, 2014, Cover Story

Smarter Than Thou: Neil deGrasse Tyson and America’s Nerd Problem

By Charles C. W. Cooke

The New Yorker magazine

February 2014, Anniversary Issue

Star Man

By Rebecca Meade

Parade magazine

January 12, 2014, Cover Story

Master of the Universe

By Lynn Sherr

Columbia Journalism Review

January/February 2013

Another round of Cosmos

Sky magazine — Delta Airlines

January 2013, pp. 69 & 71 (New York)

“Let’s Get Astrophysical”

Playboy magazine

Jan/Feb 2012, pp. 152 (New York)

“King of the Cosmos”

By Carl Zimmer

Columbia University magazine

Summer 2010 pp. 12-19, Cover story

Musings of the Spheres

Life as a public scientist and educator.

The World of Fine Wine magazine

Spring 2005, Issue 9, pp. 48–52, Quarto Group (London)

Profile and interview on wines of the world, including playful speculations about the future of wine in space and on other planets.

Open the Unusual Door

“Stargazer,” (Excerpt from the memoir, The Sky Is Not the Limit), p. 196.

Edited by Barbara Summers, 2005, Houghton-Mifflin (Boston)

Kids Who Think Outside the Box

“Reach For Your Own Star,” p. 65.

Edited by Stephanie Lerner, 2005, Amacom Books (New York)

The Futurist

November/December 2004

“Visionaries: Changing the Future One Idea At A Time,” p. 68.

Highlights for Children

August 2004

“Looking Up,” p. 25

Columbia University magazine

Spring 2004

Columbia’s New Yorkers,” p. 42.

The New York Times

March 9, 2003

Stars in His Eyes Over a Pen

A celebration of my fondness for fountain pens.

A Perfect World: Words and Paintings from over 50 of America’s Most Powerful People

Edited by Debra Trione, 2002, Andrews McMeel Publishers (Kansas City), p. 163.

Arrive Magazine

July/August 2001, Amtrak, p. 14.

People Magazine

November 13, 2000

Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive,” p. 92.

Ebony Magazine

August 2000, p. 58.

Wine Spectator Magazine

Star Collector

May 31, 2000, p. 19.

People Magazine

February 28, 2000, p. 77.

Scientific American

February 2000, p. 28.

New York Times

January 1, 2000, p. B2.

New York Times

February 13, 2000

“An Educator Shines At the Planetarium”

Strong Men Keep Coming: The Book of African American Men

By Tonya Bolden, Herb Boyd, 1999, J. Wiley & Sons (New York), p. 100.

Our Common Ground

Bruce Caines, 1994, Crown Publishers (New York), p. 36