Neil deGrass Tyson [BA, MA, PhD]
Education: BA in Physics, Harvard, MA in Astronomy U. of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. Astrophysics, Columbia
Experience: served on NASA Advisory Council, Commission on the Future of the
United States Aerospace Industry and in 2004 to serve on the President's
Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy
Current Position: Director of the Hayden Planetarium, New York
Major accomplishments: President of the Planetary Society, authored over 10
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_deGrasse_Tyson
tony rusi commented
Great guy! The Sagan of our times. Head of NASA? I think he would get bored of the job.
How about Neil for Chief of Strategic Communications for NASA?
A great latter-day science-popularizer. We need lots more like him. Maybe not running NASA, but certainly telling people how important it can be.
Oldtire asks why not?
Well I say because Neil De-Gassy-Tyson hates Pluto, got that whole planetary definition badly wrong which brought astronomers into public disrepute, & comes across as a smug, arrogant, condescending, rude, up-himself piece of ....
Now that's my opinion of course but hey its true!
Pluto bashing, snide git. I can't stand him.
Vote Alan S.Stern instead! Or Phil Plait, (great blog & wide ranging thinker in this area.)
Or another idea how about we nominate John Glenn -Mercuery Seven and shuttle astronaut - I reckon he's still got that "Right Stuff" to lead & inspire & he's experienced in space & politics. (tried to vote for him - but it won't seem to work.)
Eloquent speaker and thinker. Perhaps not the best day to day manager. Could be NASA's Chief Evangelist.