Neil Degrasse Tyson 's Life

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Neil deGrasse Tyson A young boy wanders through the Hayden Planetarium, gazing at every planet model and space device he can spot. Little did the nine-year old know his future had been decided right then and there. He had no idea he would grow into one of the biggest contemporary scientists of our day. This young boy was Neil deGrasse Tyson. He later said, about this event, “So strong was that imprint that I 'm certain that I had no choice in the matter, that in fact, the universe called me." In 1958 Manhattan gave birth to this remarkable man. He was raised in a middle class family and attended The Bronx High School of Science, where he was editor-in-chief of the Physical Science Journal and captain of the wrestling team. He also attended astronomy classes at the Planetarium, where he was taught by Dr. Mark Chartrand III, who he credited to have an enthusiastic teaching style mixed with humor that inspired him to look at the universe in a new light. Another idol of his he met at the age of seventeen- Carl Sagan. The two spent one day together, and Tyson was deeply moved. He later wrote, "I already knew I wanted to become a scientist. But that afternoon, I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to become.” Since a very young age, I’ve wanted to be a scientist, but not just a scientist. I want to be an astrophysicist just like Tyson. In many ways I aspire to be like him. Carl Sagan was his inspiration, and he is mine. Straight out of high school, Tyson went to

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