Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson  is America’s nattiest nerd, its chicest geek!
He’s a sharp-looking scientist. A trendy twerp. He looks great. He is handsome and well-spoken, funny, witty and charming.
And he’s smart. Sweet Lord in heaven, is he ever smart!
He’s the kind of smart that takes very complicated super-brainy stuff and breaks it down into simple bite-sized easy-to-digest pieces that the rest of us plebes can handle. And he make it fun in the process.
And because of that, you remember what he says just as much as how he says it.
He can talk to us in our language without making it sound like he is talking down to us.
He makes science fashionable and fun. His enthusiasm is infectious. You get interested in astrophysics because he is just so darned excited about the whole subject.
Tyson doesn’t intimidate you with his intellect. He beguiles you with his boyish charm.
And that is why we so desperately need him.
At a time when certain segments of society deny science and pooh-pooh basic theories, when ‘Truthiness’ trumps Truth and when Reality is accused of having a well-known liberal bias, we need him more than ever.
The world is a better, richer place because of Neil deGrasse Tyson.
It is a place where curiosity, literacy, education, intellect and expertise are not dirty words.
 Neil deGrasse Tyson (born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.