Bill Nye Biography
A native of Washington, D.C., United States, Bill Nye is a famous American television presenter, science communicator, and mechanical engineer.
Bill Nye Age
Nye is 66 years old as of 2022. He was born on 27 November 1955 in Washington, D.C., United States. He celebrates his birthday on 27 November every year.
Bill Nye Height
Nye stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.84 m) tall and weighs 70 kg (155 lbs).
Bill Nye Education
Nye attended Alice Deal Junior High and Lafayette Elementary School before attending Sidwell Friends for high school on a scholarship, graduating in 1973. He moved to Ithaca, New York to attend Cornell University and study at the Sibley School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. His eagerness for science deepened after he took an astronomy class with Carl Sagan and later graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering in 1977.
After graduating from Cornell, he worked as an engineer for the Boeing Corporation and Sundstrand Data Control near Seattle. At Boeing, he developed a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube used on Boeing 747 airplanes.
Bill Nye Family
Nye was born and raised in Washington, D.C., to Jacqueline Jenkins who was a codebreaker during World War II, and Edwin Darby “Ned” Nye who also functioned in World War II and worked as a contractor building an airstrip on Wake Island. However, he has two siblings Susan Nye and Edward Darby Nye Jr.
Bill Nye Wife
Nye disclosed that he officially tied the knot with journalist Liza Mundy in late May 2022. The partners were wed in the Castle Building’s Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., a fitting locale for the man who has dedicated his life to disseminating scientific knowledge.
Liza formerly worked as a Washington Post journalist and is also a New York Times best-selling author. When she published her 2017 book Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, she cited Bill’s mother, famed cryptanalyst Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye.
He reportedly shares a daughter named Charity Nye with his ex Blair Tindall. There is little information available about her, but some reports online say that she was born in Florida in April 2003.
Bill Nye Net Worth
Nye has an estimated net worth of $8 Million.
Bill Nye Subsequent series
On August 31, 2016, Netflix announced that Nye would emerge in a new series, Bill Nye Saves the World, which premiered on April 21, 2017. Its third and final season was released on May 11, 2018.
His next series, The End is Nye was ordered by Peacock in March 2021. Teaming with Seth MacFarlane and Brannon Braga, the series has Nye examining natural and artificial disasters, describing them scientifically to detail surviving, mitigating, and preventing them. It is scheduled to premiere on August 25, 2022, with six episodes.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
In 1993, collaborating with Elizabeth Brock, Erren Gottlieb, and James McKenna, Nye designed a pilot for a new show, Bill Nye the Science Guy, for the Seattle public broadcasting station KCTS-TV. They pitched the show as “Mr. Wizard meets Pee-wee’s Playhouse”.He acquired underwriting for the show from the US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. The program became part of a package of syndicated series that local stations could schedule to fulfill Children’s Television Act requirements. Because of this, Bill Nye the Science Guy became the first program to run together on public and commercial stations. The series was produced by Rabbit Ears Productions, Walt Disney Television, and distributed by Disney.
He ran from 1993 to 1998 and was one of the most-watched educational TV shows in the United States. While portraying “The Science Guy”, Nye wore a bow tie and a powder blue lab coat. His Labs, the production offices, and the set where the show was recorded were in a converted clothing warehouse near Seattle’s Kingdome. Although it focused on younger viewers, it also attracted a significant adult audience. Its ability to make science entertaining and accessible made it a popular teaching tool in classrooms. With its quirky humor and rapid-fire MTV-style pacing, the show won critical acclaim and was nominated for 23 Emmy Awards, winning nineteen. Research studies found that regular viewers were better at explaining scientific ideas than non-viewers.
In addition to the TV show, he published several books such as The Science Guy. A CD-ROM based on the series, titled Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock!, was released in 1996 for Windows and Macintosh by Pacific Interactive.
Bill Nye Comedy
Nye began doing standup comedy after winning a Steve Martin lookalike contest in 1978. His friends asked him to do Steve Martin’s appearances at parties, and he discovered how much he enjoyed making people laugh. He started moonlighting as a comedian while working at Boeing. He has stated, “At this point in our story, I was working on business jet navigation systems, laser gyroscope systems during the day, and I’d take a nap and go do stand-up comedy by night.”
He also participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and volunteered at the Pacific Science Center on weekends as a “Science Explainer”.
During Nye’s 10-year college reunion in 1987, he went to great lengths to meet with Carl Sagan at Cornell. Sagan’s assistant told Nye, “Okay, you can talk to him for five minutes.” In their meeting at the space sciences building, Nye explained that he was interested in developing a science television program. “I mentioned how I planned to talk about bridges and bicycles and so on—stuff that, as an engineer, I’d been interested in—and [Sagan] said, ‘Focus on pure science. Kids resonate to pure science rather than technology.’ And that turned out to be great advice.”
In 1986, he worked as a writer/actor on a local sketch comedy television show in Seattle called Almost Live!. He first got his big break on the show from John Keister who met him during an open mic night. After a guest canceled, cohost Ross Shafer told Nye he had seven minutes of programming to fill. “Why don’t you do that science stuff?” Shafer suggested. Nye entertained audiences with comical demonstrations, including what happened when you ate a marshmallow that had been dipped in liquid nitrogen.His other main recurring role on Almost Live! was as Speed Walker, a speedwalking Seattle superhero “who fights crime while maintaining strict adherence to the regulations of the international speedwalking association.”
A famous incident on the show led to Nye’s stage name. He corrected Keister on his pronunciation of the word “gigawatt”, and Keister responded, “Who do you think you are—Bill Nye the Science Guy?” Nye’s science experiments resonated with viewers, and the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded him a talent Emmy for one of his segments.