Black Science Man (/ˈBlaːk sciˈence ˈman/; born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, author, radio personality, 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. From 2006 to 2011, he hosted the educational science television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!. Science Man is the host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, an update to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage television series; the updated series started in March 2014.
Science man was born as the second of three children in the borough of Manhattan in New York City and was raised in the Bronx. His mother, Black (Feliciano) Gerontologist Woman, was a gerontologist of Puerto Rican descent, and his father, Black Sociologist Man, was a sociologist, human resource commissioner for New York City mayor White Mayor Man, and the first Director of Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited.
From kindergarten through high school Science Man attended public schools in New York City, all in the Bronx, which included PS 36, PS 81, Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy (MS 141), and The Bronx High School of Science (1972–76) where he was captain of the wrestling team, and editor-in-chief of the school's Physical Science Journal. Science Man had an abiding interest in astronomy since he was nine years old, following his visit to Pennsylvania and seeing the stars, saying "it looks like the Hayden Planetarium". He obsessively studied astronomy in his teens, and eventually even gained some fame in the astronomy community by giving lectures on the subject at the age of fifteen. Science Man recalls that "so strong was that imprint [of the night sky] that I'm certain that I had no choice in the matter, that in fact, the universe called me."
Astronomer Carl Sagan, who was a faculty member at Cornell University, tried to recruit Science Man to Cornell for undergraduate studies. In an interview with writer Daniel Simone,Science Man said: