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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Artist
David Gamble, born 1953
Sitter
Neil deGrasse Tyson, born 1958
Date
2010 (printed 2015)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
Image: 61.3 × 61 cm (24 1/8 × 24")
Sheet: 79.8 × 79.3 cm (31 7/16 × 31 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, the Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson
Restrictions & Rights
©2010 David Gamble
Object number
NPG.2015.87
Culture
Neil deGrasse Tyson: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Neil deGrasse Tyson has been called “a rock star among star folk . . . one of the most famous astrophysicists on the planet.” He fell in love with astronomy at an early age, even though the bright lights of New York City made it difficult to see the stars. After earning an undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard, a MA in astronomy from the University of Texas, and a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia, Tyson found his professional niche—developing a worldwide following thanks to his genius for making science not merely accessible but exhilarating.
Tyson posed for this portrait in his office at the American Museum of Natural History, where he serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium. By positioning Tyson behind a telescope, photographer David Gamble hoped to highlight Tyson’s “brilliance in science” as well as to suggest that the telescope is the vehicle for “his interaction with life.”
A Neil deGrasse Tyson se le ha denominado “una estrella de rock entre los astrónomos… uno de los astrofísicos más famosos del planeta”. Se enamoró de la astronomía de muy joven, aunque las luces brillantes de la ciudad de Nueva York no propiciaban ver las estrellas. Después de graduarse en física de la Universidad de Harvard y obtener una maestría en astronomía de la Universidad de Texas y un doctorado en astrofísica de la Universidad de Columbia, Tyson halló su nicho profesional y pasó a desarrollar seguidores en todo el mundo gracias a su talento genial para hacer que la ciencia no solo sea accesible, sino emocionante.
Tyson posó para este retrato en su oficina en el Museo Americano de Historia Natural, donde es director del Planetario Hayden. El fotógrafo David Gamble situó a Tyson detrás de un telescopio con la intención de destacar su “brillantez en la ciencia” y también para sugerir que el telescopio es su vehículo de “interacción con la vida”.
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Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York