The life of Neil DeGrasse Tyson

He could barely see the stars where he grew up, but he went on to become one of the world's most famous astrophysicists. This is the life of Neil deGrasse Tyson. The new season of his show, Cosmos is now playing on Fox and National Geographic.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

A star is born

Neil DeGrasse Tyson was born in 1958 to a middle-class family in New York City. His mother and father both worked in social science. After visiting a planetarium for the first time at age 9, he worked hard in astrophysics and won research trips abroad and a spot at the elite Bronx High School of Science. When he was applying to college, he turned down an invitation from world-famous astrophysicist Carl Sagan to study at Cornell in order to attend Harvard University. Over the next few years, he earned a degree in physics and a masters in astronomy from University of Texas at Austin. While there, Tyson met his wife Alice Young and they married in 1988. They have two children.

He then took a gap year from his doctoral studies to become an astronomy lecturer before attending Columbia University for a masters and PhD in astrophysics. In 1994, Tyson was employed by the Hayden Planetarium, the very planetarium he visited at 9. It only took him two years to become the director. In 2000, he stated that Pluto didn't qualify as a planet, even going as far as updating the planetarium’s solar system model. This led to the official decision in 2006 to revoke Pluto’s planetary status and to create official definitions for the term “planet.” When he was 43, he was appointed to a presidential commission on space exploration by George W. Bush.

Internet attention

Tyson slowly gained a huge international following by tackling big concepts and taking down conspiracy theories on television and Twitter. But in late 2018, four accusations of sexual misconduct were raised against Tyson for incidents varying from inappropriate comments to rape. However, National Geographic and Fox conducted investigations for six months and concluded that they would continue with his shows StarTalk and Cosmos: Possible Worlds. Today, he is still the director of the Hayden Planetarium and recently received an honorary doctorate from several universities including Yale.


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  • Thyagarajharish K.
    03/17/2020 01:08

    Islam and the Marxist Negationism of History. Do you know what was the biggest Holocaust in human history? No, it was not Nazi genocide of Jews and Gypsies. It was Holocaust of hindus during Islamic invasion of India. According to Will Durant, The Islamic conquest of India is the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilisation is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within. Hindu temples were razed, their idols smashed, their women raped, their men killed or taken slaves. When Mahmud of Ghazni entered Somnath on one of his annual raids, he slaughtered all 50,000 inhabitants. Aibak killed and enslaved hundreds of thousands. The list of horrors is long and painful. These conquerors justified their deeds by claiming it was their religious duty to smite non-believers. Cloaking themselves in the banner of Islam, they claimed they were fighting for their faith when, they were indulging in straightforward slaughter and pillage! Marxist interpretation of history is what Koenraad Elst, the Belgian orientalist and Indologist, describes as negationism in India. Known for his writings on Indian history and Hindu-Muslim relations, Elst says that while negationism in Europe means the denial of Nazi genocide of the Jews and gypsies during World War II, the Indian brand of negationism deals with the section of intelligentsia “trying to erase from Hindu memory the history of their persecution by the swordsmen of Islam”. In his book Negationism in India—Concealing the record of Islam, Elst says: “The number of victims of the persecutions of Hindus by Muslims is of the same order of magnitude as that of the Nazi extermination policy, though no one has yet made the effort of tabulating the reported massacres and proposing a reasonable estimate of how many millions exactly must have died in the course of the Islamic campaign against Hinduism”. Apart from Elst, there are several other western scholars who have addressed this issue. Among them are David Frawley, an American Hindu teacher and author, who has written extensively on the Vedas and Hinduism and Francois Gautier, the French journalist who has made India his home and has been vigorously campaigning for correction of our understanding of history, especially medieval history. Convinced that India has its own “full-fledged brand of negationism,” Elst says, “This movement is led by Islamic apologists and Marxist academics, and followed by all the politicians, journalists and intellectuals who call themselves secularists”. Also, it is promoted by the Indian state. Those who lead this movement to negate historical truths use the techniques used elsewhere to achieve a similar purpose, namely, to “slander scholars whose testimony is inconvenient; impute political or other motives to them in order to pull the attention away from the hard evidence they present”. Further, they keep the vast corpus of inconvenient testimony out of the readers’ view. It is an intellectual crime because it subordinates the truth to political compulsions. Elst published his book a quarter century ago, but it had to wait for over two decades for his thesis to gain traction. One of the reasons for this was that the Nehruvians and Marxists constituted ‘The Establishment’ in New Delhi until 2014 and they succeeded in shutting out other voices in the academia and media. Thus, spurious narratives flourished in utter disregard of evidence. Apart from Frawley and Gautier, many Indian authors have flagged the issue and argued that the time has come to bridge the gap between history and truth. Prominent among them is Dr S L Bhyrappa, undoubtedly one of the most prominent Indian novelists of our time, whose historical novel Aavarana makes a frontal assault on the negationists and argues that Indians must unshackle themselves “from the bonds of false knowledge”. Elst’s thesis is fully corroborated by Frawley. He dwells deep into the mind of the Indian elite and says: “An inner conflict bordering on a civil war rages in the minds of the country’s elite. The main effort of its cultural leaders appears to be to pull the country down or remake it in a foreign image, as if little Indian and certainly nothing Hindu was worthy of preserving or even reforming. This new English-speaking aristocracy prides itself in being disconnected from the very soil and people that gave it birth.” This tendency, he says, has no parallel in the world. “There is probably no other country where it has become a national pastime among its educated class to denigrate its own culture and history, however great that has been over the many millennia of its existence. When great archaeological discoveries of India’s past are found, for example, they are not a subject for national pride but are ridiculed.” He lambasts the Indian elite further when he says: “There is probably no other country where the majority religion, however enlightened, mystical or spiritual, is ridiculed, while minority religions, however fundamentalist or even militant, are doted upon.” The dominant intellectual class that is subjected to this damning indictment goes by another name: Macaulay-Putras! The English-educated class that has turned the negation of India’s civilisational greatness into a fashion statement. This class needs to be dislodged from its perch if the correctives are to be applied. Gautier, in his book A History of India as it Happened—not as it has been written, tears into the questionable narratives of Marxist historians and quotes many examples of negationism. He says: “We will never be able to assess the immense physical harm done to India by the Muslim invasions. Even more difficult is to estimate the moral and the spiritual damage done to Hindu India”. Finally, Gautier explains why negationism must be challenged. He says “it is not about vengeance, or of reawakening old ghosts, but of not repeating the same mistakes”. This is indeed central to the argument of Elst, Frawley, Gautier, and Bhyrappa. Secular, democratic India must know the truth and make peace with it. That was history but we are still at war. It's not progapaganda but a harsh reality put forth with facts and logic. Follow these posts, each post is provided with links to related story to help you understand the whole mechanism of Breaking India forces. 👇 Source_

  • Swapan P.
    03/16/2020 09:46

    "Listen to Science" ..... what is science .....a reasoning for phenomenon which can be perceived by our Senses only !..... and this is again given to Changes it Half-knowledge ..... and that is Dangerous !!

  • Vijay R.
    03/16/2020 07:27

    He looks like Hariharan

  • సంచారి వ.
    03/16/2020 07:02

    Carl Sagan > ndgt

  • Brut India
    03/16/2020 05:43

    On Coronavirus, Degrasse Tyson says, listen to science: