2002 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: Unites States

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Unites States, Born 1958

From an early age, Neil deGrasse Tyson was fascinated with the cosmos. Today he is one of the most visible and respected scientists in the United States.


Tyson began learning about astronomy at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, where he is now the Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planetarium. In addition to conducting research on dwarf galaxies, exploding stars and the evolution of the Milky Way, Dr Tyson is a visiting research scientist and lecturer in astrophysics at Princeton University.

The well-known astrophysicist helps to demystify science for the general public through his frequent television appearances, lectures, monthly columns and books. He is particularly dedicated to educating New York’s disadvantaged schoolchildren who he hopes will “become participants in cosmic discovery”.

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