Bill Nye, also known as The Science Guy, is a science educator, television presenter and mechanical engineer. He is best known as the host of the PBS science show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which aired from 1993 to 1998, and his Netflix show “Bill Nye Saves the World.”
Nye is also an author. His books include 2014’s “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation,” 2015’s “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World” and 2017’s “Everything All At Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem.” Nye is also the author of several science books for children, including “Bill Nye’s Consider the Following” and “Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.”
Nye is an inventor and holds a few patents: one for ballet pointe shoes, one for an educational magnifying glass, one for a digital abacus and one for a device that teaches how to throw a ball.
After graduating from Cornell University in 1977, Nye started to work for Boeing in Seattle, where he invented a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube that is used on Boeing 747 airplanes. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, Nye started to do stand-up comedy by night and engineering by day.
Nye began to combine comedy and science and the result was “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which won 18 Emmy Awards over the course of five years.
Nye holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. He joined his astronomy professor Carl Sagan when he was elected the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year in 2010. He was also honored by the American Society of Chemical Engineers with the Ralph Coates Roe Medal in 2012. Nye holds several Honorary Doctorate degrees from university including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins Univerisity, Quinnipiac University, Willamette University and Lehigh University.
Nye speaks at colleges regularly and appears on news and television about a variety of topical science matters. He serves as CEO of the Planetary Society and is a member of the National Center for Science Education’s Advisory Board. He fights to raise awareness of climate change and the value of critical thinking, science and reason. Through all his work, Nye hopes to inspire people everywhere to change the world.
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