Neil deGrasse Tyson Wife, Books, Net Worth, and Iq

Neil deGrasse Tyson Biography

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a renowned American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. He has been working as the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City since 1996. He wrote monthly essays in the “Universe” column for Natural History magazine from 1995 to 2005. Tyson has been hosting the weekly podcast StarTalk since 2009.

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Moreover, he was the host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a successor to Carl Sagan’s 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. He earned the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 from the United States National Academy of Sciences. In addition, Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate there since 2003.

Son: Travis Tyson
Net Worth: $6 million
IQ:  123
Wife: Alice Young (1988)
Degrees: Harvard University (BA)
University of Texas at Austin (MA)
Columbia University (MPhil, PhD
Height: 6 ft 2 in or 1.88m

Family

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born in New York City, New York, United States on October 5, 1958, to his loving parents. He holds American nationality and is from a Catholic family. His parents are Sunchita Maria Tyson who was a gerontologist for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and Cyril deGrasse Tyson who was a sociologist and human resource commissioner.

Tyson’s mother died in 2016 and his father later followed in 2023. He has an older and younger sibling Stephen Joseph Tyson and Lynn Antipas Tyson. Tyson was raised in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx and later the family relocated to Riverdale.

Wife

He has been married to Alice Young since 1988. Alice is a mathematical genius who has contributed a lot to society despite keeping a low profile. The duo reside in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan and are parents of two all-grown children Miranda and Travis. Miranda’s name is after the smallest of Uranus’ five major moons. Additionally, he is a wine enthusiast whose collection was featured in the May 2000 issue of the Wine Spectator.

Son

Tyson has one son Travis Tyson who is the youngest child. When he was a teenager, his family appeared on Family Feud with his father, mother, sister, and his father’s cousin, Monique Fortune in 2017. In 2023, Travis was a contestant in the Claim to Fame.

Daughter

He has a daughter Miranda Tyson. She has currently worked as a Program Administrator for Advancement at the Advanced Science Research Center, GC/CUNY since February 2024. Miranda also works as a figure skating instructor in Harlem, Inc. Since September 2021, she has served as Blue Crew Interactive event presenter at Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

Education

He attended several public schools in the Bronx and graduated from The Bronx High School of Science in 1976. While at The Bronx, he was captain of the wrestling team and editor-in-chief of the Physical Science Journal. Tyson earned a scholarship from the Explorers Club of New York when he was 14 to view the June 1973 total solar eclipse aboard the SS Canberra. He then enrolled at Harvard where he majored in physics and lived in Currier House.

Tyson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics at Harvard College in 1980. Moreover, he earned a Master of Arts degree in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. Tyson holds a Master of Philosophy degree in astrophysics in 1989, and a PhD degree in astrophysics in 1991.

Books

Tyson has authored numerous books. Some of his books in order include:

  • Merlin’s Tour of the Universe 1989.
  • Universe Down to Earth in 1994.
  • One Universe in 2000.
  • Cosmic Horizons in 2000.
  • Origins in 2004.
  • Death by Black Hole in 2007.
  • Space Chronicles in 2012.
  • Welcome to the Universe in 2016.
  • Accessory to War in 2018.
  • Cosmic Queries in 2021.
  • Starry Messenger in 2023.
  • To Infinity and Beyond in 2023.

Young

Tyson had his main focus on observations in stellar evolution, galactic astronomy, cosmology, bulges, and stellar formation. He then joined the Hayden Planetarium as a staff scientist in 1994 when he was a research affiliate at Princeton University. In June 1995, Tyson was appointed as acting director of the planetarium and later became a director in 1996. During his tenure as director, he oversaw the planetarium’s $210 million reconstruction project.

Iq

He is a genius man who has not admitted to the public regarding his IQ of 123. However, he frequently has to undergo IQ testing to continue as the Director of Hayden Planetarium.

Movies And TV Shows

Tyson has been featured in movies and TV shows which include:

  • Nova ScienceNow as Host from 2006 to 2011.
  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey as Host in 2014.
  • StarTalk as Host from 2015 to 2019.
  • Food Evolution as Narrator in 2016.
  • Ice Age: Collision Course as Neil deBuck Weasel in 2016.
  • The Jim Gaffigan Show as Himself in 2016.
  • The Simpsons as Himself in 2017.
  • The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time as Merlin in 2018.
  • Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? as Himself in 2019.
  • Cosmos: Possible Worlds as Host in 2020.
  • Family Guy as Himself in 2015 and 2022.
  • This Is Me… Now: A Love Story as Taurus in 2024.

Quotes

Tyson has numerous quotes some of which include:

  • “Tomorrow’s problems solutions are carried in the artery of science literacy.”
  • “Gadgets always fill future dreams.”
  • “The scientific fact of evolution, like the scientific fact of gravity, rests on theory.”
  • “Each person should experience having their mind blown at least once a day.”
  • “I worry about whether we are intelligent enough to comprehend the universe.”
  • “The Venus transit does not strike a spectacle as a total solar eclipse.”

Discoveries

Tyson is known for his work as a science communicator who has made several discoveries. Through his doctoral dissertation, he helped in the understanding and measurement accuracy of the Hubble constant.

Achievements

Tyson has done research in cosmology, stellar formation and evolution, galactic astronomy, and bulges. He has also authored popular books about science, including Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and The Pluto Files. Some of Tyson’s awards and honors include:

  • 2004 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.
  • 2000 Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive.
  • 2004 Among Research Science Fifty Most Important African-Americans.
  • 2007 Klopsteg Memorial Award winner.
  • 2009 Isaac Asimov Award.
  • 2007 The Time 100 was among the 100 most influential persons in the world.
  • 2010 Fellow of the American Physical Society.
  • 2015 Public Welfare Medal.
  • 2017 Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication.
  • 2020 YouTube Gold Creator Award.

Meme

As a public figure, some of Tyson’s photos have been turned into memes. Some of his memes include his hands reaction, Mass shooting tweet, and his parodies.

TV Show Cosmos

He hosted the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Cosmos is known to be a successor to the 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The series is about the same thirteen-episode format and storytelling approach that the original Cosmos used.

Tour

Tyson has an online website at neildegrassetysontour.com where he uploads his tour dates and cities set to visit.

On Joe Rogan

Tyson has been featured as a podcast guest interviewee on The Joe Rogan Experience in episode 1,159 in August 2018. The interview is available on Joe Rogan’s YouTube account.

Podcast

He has worked as a weekly podcast host of StarTalk since 2009. The podcast is about science, pop culture, and comedy. Tyson invites his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities, and scientific experts to explore astronomy, physics, and everything else there is to know about life in the universe. The StarTalk has 924 episodes as of June 11, 2024.

Religion

He states that he is an agnostic who disbelieves in the existence of God by seeing various events such as volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, pestilences, and birth defects.

New Book

To Infinity and Beyond is Tyson’s latest book which he authored in September 2023. In his book, he explains the universe from the solar system to the farthest reaches of space with authority and humor. In addition, he takes on the spookiest phenomena of the cosmos.

YouTube

Tyson has an active YouTube account under StarTalk where he uploads the videos about his podcast StarTalk. He launched the YouTube account on December 23, 2010, and it has 3.13 million subscribers with over 431 million views in 1,207 videos.

Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson first joined Hayden Planetarium as a staff scientist in 1994 and was a visiting research scientist and lecturer at the Princeton faculty.

Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson

He is an astrophysicist who has played an important role in popularizing astrophysical concepts and discoveries. Tyson began to write the “Universe” column for Natural History magazine in 1995. When he was 11, he attended an astronomy class at the Museum which shifted his focus, and has been on the cosmos ever since.

Salary

Tyson earns $450,000 per annum for serving as the Director of Hayden Planetarium.

Net Worth

Tyson has worked as an astrophysicist, author, and science communicator for over a decade and earned a net worth of $16 Million.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is Neil deGrasse Tyson?

Tyson is a 65-year-old American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator working as the director of the Hayden Planetarium since 1996. He also hosts the weekly podcast StarTalk since 2009. Before that, Tyson was the host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a successor to Carl Sagan’s 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

What Did Neil deGrasse Tyson Discover?

Tyson had discoveries about the process of star and galaxy formation and evolution.

Where Does Neil deGrasse Tyson Work?

Tyson has worked as the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space since 1996. He also hosts the weekly podcast StarTalk since 2009.

Who Is Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Wife?

Tyson’s wife is Alice Young, a mathematical genius who has contributed a lot to society.

How Tall Is Neil deGrasse Tyson?

Tyson is a man of tall stature standing at a height of 6 ft 2 in or 1.88m.

How Smart Is Neil deGrasse?

He is a genius man who has not admitted to the public regarding his IQ of 123.

How Much Is Neil deGrasse Tyson Worth?

Tyson has a net worth of $16 Million from working as an astrophysicist, author, and science communicator.

Where Was Neil deGrasse Tyson Born?

Tyson was born in New York City, New York, USA.

How Much Does Neil deGrasse Tyson Make?

He earns $450,000 per annum for serving as the Director of Hayden Planetarium.

How Many Degrees Does Neil deGrasse Tyson Have?

He holds a BA from Harvard, an MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MPhil &PhD from Columbia University.

Social Media Account

Twitter – @neiltyson

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