2017 Lincoln Leadership Prize Recipient
Neil deGrasse Tyson
©2013 AMNH, Photo by Roderick Mickens
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D., is an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship at the Hayden Planetarium. Tyson – the first scientist to receive the coveted prize – works tirelessly to advance America’s science legacy, which Lincoln helped to further when he established the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 1863.
The recipient of the prestigious NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, Tyson earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics (1991) from
Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in physics (1980) from Harvard University. He also is a graduate of the prestigious The Bronx High School of Science.
Tyson has served as Executive Science Editor, Host and Narrator for Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, which won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and two Critics Choice Awards. Tyson also served on two presidential commissions under George W. Bush – one studied the future of the U.S. aerospace industry and the other studied the future of NASA. In 2000, Asteroid 1994 KA was named 13123 Tyson in his honor.
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