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[[caption-width-right:350:"We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, and to the rest of the universe atomically. [[SophisticatedAsHell Thatís kinda cool!]]"]]

->''"If you are scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you. There's a lot we understand out there, and that understanding '''empowers''' you."''

Creator/CarlSagan's [[SpiritualSuccessor direct successor]] as "Coolest Scientist in America", which is appropriate, as Sagan was Tyson's mentor, and was to a degree responsible for Tyson becoming an astrophysicist in the first place.

Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Doctor Tyson is one of the scientists (along with Brian Cox, Phil Plait, Michio Kaku, StephenHawking and several others) who have taken up the task, largely pioneered by Sagan, of bringing easy-to-understand science to the general public. He's the host of PBS's science series ''Nova'', has written multiple books (all easily understood by laymen) about astrophysical phenomena, and is a frequent guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', ''Series/TheColbertReport'', and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. He also runs the ''Star Talk'' radio show, in which he and guest speakers discuss astronomy, science and science-fiction (often {{Lampshading}} {{Physics Goof}}s).

Dr. Tyson was the primary driving force behind the [[PlutoIsExpendable demotion of Pluto]] from "planet" status to "dwarf planet" status, based on his view that Pluto is only one of thousands of Kuiper Belt objects that have been discovered (an action he has admitted has brought him "a lot of hate mail... mostly from children").

In addition to his scientific endeavors, Tyson is [[RenaissanceMan a dancer (he won a gold medal in an International Latin Ballroom competition), a wrestler, a collector of fine wines, and a model rocketeer]]. In collaboration with RichardDawkins, he's also opposed the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_Design Intelligent Design Movement]] and their attempts to include religion as part of school science curricula.

He has argued more than once that a society that isn't scientifically literate is a society without a future. To that effect, he has personally funded scholarships for students who seem especially bright and science-minded out of his own pocket. As an example: during a question-and-answer period at one lecture, a fourth grader asked Dr. Tyson, "What would happen if a black hole collided with another black hole?" Tyson was astounded by the question, and the boy now has a full scholarship to the university of his choice waiting for him. Dr. Tyson claims that he feels he has a duty to "pay Carl Sagan back" for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imS6H1JAkGY care and attention Dr. Sagan gave him]] while he (Tyson) was "just a high school student who wanted to be an astronomer".

And best of all, he is OneOfUs. His lectures frequently reference science fiction movies (he's especially a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan) and comic book characters (he collects ''{{Superman}}'', ''GreenLantern'', and the ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''), and [[http://www.space.com/18348-neil-tyson-superman-krypton-planet.html helped DC Comics name the star that Krypton orbits]] (red dwarf [=LHS=] 2520 in the Corvus constellation). He provided the title for the SymphonyOfScience songs ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akek6cFRZfY Onward to the Edge]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGK84Poeynk We Are All Connected]]'', and appears in the videos. He appeared in season 4 episode 7 of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' as well as in season 5 episode 16 of ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. And as Sagan's successor, he hosted ''Series/CosmosASpacetimeOdyssey'' series. He even guest narrated on WebVideo/CinemaSins' Everything Wrong With series to help provide scientific inaccuracies with the film, ''Film/{{Gravity}}''.

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-->[tosses hands up] [[MemeticMutation "Watch out, we got a badass over here!"]]