Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 5, 1958

Ethnicity: African-Caribbean [including Nevisian], 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 African-Caribbean family. His mother was born in New York, to parents from Puerto Rico. Neil is married to Alice Young, with whom he has two children.

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 grandfather was Pedro Feliciano (the son of Ramon Feliciano and Asuncion Cabrera). Ramon was the son of Antonio Feliciano.

Neil’s maternal grandmother was Juana Olmo (the daughter of Ramon Olmo and Maria Perez). 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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Curious about ethnicity

3 Responses

  1. phaedra says:

    PR isn’t an ethnicity, dudes…

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

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      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

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

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

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