Neil deGrasse Tyson visited the Hayden Planetarium inside the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space when he was nine years old. That visit massively impacted his life's trajectory.
After studying at Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin and Columbia, he eventually returned to the Hayden Planetarium to serve as its Director. He retains that post to this day.
Tyson is a prolific author, having written 14 books with titles like "Just Visiting this Planet," "Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge" and "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry."
He's often asked to review films with a scientist's eye, and he does. His reviews of films like "Gravity," "Interstellar," and "The Martian" make for some very interesting reading.
Tyson's Ask Me Anything sessions on Reddit are some of the most popular ever done.
And he's a Twitter master. He's constantly tweeting about the climate, the recent eclipse and even "Game of Thrones."
Tyson's a star to us... but he's not perfect. He received a LOT of hate mail, mostly from children, because of the role he played in getting Pluto's planet status revoked.
Happy Birthday, Neil.