Neil deGrasse Tyson

by ethnic on October 15, 2015

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Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: October 5, 1958

Ethnicity: African-Caribbean, Puerto Rican

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. He is the son of Sunchita Maria (Feliciano), a gerontologist, and Cyril deGrasse Tyson, a sociologist. His father was from an Afro-Caribbean family. His mother was born in New York, to parents from Puerto Rico.

Neil’s paternal grandparents were Albert Tyson and Altima deGrasse. Albert and Altima were born in the Caribbean, with Altima having been born in Nevis.

Neil’s maternal grandparents were Pedro Feliciano (the son of Ramon Feliciano and Asuncion Cabrera) and Juana Olmo (the daughter of Ramon Olmo and Maria Perez). Neil’s great-grandfather Ramon Feliciano was the son of Antonio Feliciano. Maria was the daughter of Hilario Perez and Mariana Abraham.

Sources: Genealogy of Neil deGrasse Tyson –

Neil’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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phaedra January 2, 2016 at 9:56 pm

PR isn’t an ethnicity, dudes…

I take it that he’s of subsaharan-African, native American & Spanish descent (Mestizo).

fuzzybear44 September 11, 2016 at 12:09 am

Quote(PR isn’t an ethnicity, dudes)

Well actually it is and Ethnicity. as well as a Nationality. They have their (cultural traditions , language, history etc.) . Also he’s not necessarily SSA . You guys have to get off that bottlenecking black people in one spot. Black people were all over Africa, and always have been. The fact is , the first black people to come to the new world(according to official history) , came from North Africa

fuzzybear44 October 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Didn’t know he was PR.his show was boring

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