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During the summer of 2009 Tyson identified a stable of professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk. Now also a popular Podcast, and a limited-run Television Series on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk combines celebrity guests with informative yet playful banter. The target audience is all those peoplewho never thought they would, or could, like science.
In its first year on Television it was nominated for a "Best Informational Programming" Emmy.
Tyson is the recipient of twenty honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal,the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest AstrophysicistAlive by People Magazine in 2000.
Tyson's latest book, released in May 2017 is Astrophysics for People In A Hurry. This adorably readablebook is an introduction to all that you've read, and heard about that's making news in the universe --consummated, in one place, succinctly presented, for people in a hurry.
Recently Tyson served as Executive Editor and on camera Host & Narrator forCosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century continuation of Carl Sagan's landmark television series. The show began in March 2014 and ran thirteen episodes in Primetime on the FOX network, and appeared in 181 countries in 45 languages around the world on the National Geographic Channels. Cosmos, which isalso available in DVD and BluRay, won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, two Critics Choiceawards, as well as a dozen other industry recognitions.
Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
Neil deGrasse Tyson lives in New York City with his wife, a former IT Manager with Bloomberg Financial Markets, and their two kids.