Derrick H. Pitts is an American astronomer. He is Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been named as one of the 50 most important African-Americans in research science. He is the president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. He has made numerous television appearances, including shows such as The Colbert Report, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Ed Show. He co-hosts a weekly radio discussion program called Skytalk on WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Pitts is a graduate of Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA., St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY and received his Doctor of Science degree from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA.