|Bill Nye Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 0.5 in|
|Date of Birth||November 27, 1955|
Bill Nye is an American television presenter, science communicator, and educator. Most people know him as Bill Nye, the Science Guy, which was largely due to his scientific career and a mechanical engineering degree. His rise to fame was credited to a show on KCTS-TV named Bill Nye, the Science Guy that ran from 1993 to 1998, and was the reason he got that nickname. The show was so successful that it won 19 out of 23 Emmy Awards it was nominated for. Bill is also an inventor, most notably known for inventing a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube that Boeing 747 airplanes use. After educational success, he started focusing on his stand-up comedy and TV series where he was commonly a narrator or presenter for topics regarding science.
William Sanford Nye
Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Science Guy
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
- Studio City, Los Angeles, California, United States
- New York City, New York, United States
Bill went to Lafayette Elementary School and then enrolled at Alice Deal Junior High. After going to Sidwell Friends high school on a scholarship in 1973, Nye relocated to Ithaca, New York to pursue his science inclinations.
It was at Cornell University and then Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering that he found a true passion for the field, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1977. He got an honorary degree of a doctor of science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999 and then at Johns Hopkins University in May of 2008.
In May of 2011, Willamette University granted him the honorary degree of a doctor of science once again, and then, 4 years later, in May 2015, he received the same honorary degree from Rutgers University, followed by a monetary reward of $35,000 as a speaker’s free.
TV Presenter, Narrator, Media Personality, Educator
- Father – Edwin D. “Ned” Nye (War Veteran) (1917-1997)
- Mother – Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye (Codebreaker during WWII) (1921-2000)
- Siblings – Edward Darby Nye Jr. (Brother), Susan Nye (Sister)
- Others – Lucy Marie Berta Brio (Maternal Grandmother)
Bill Nye is represented by –
- United Talent Agency (UTA)
- Sunshine Sachs
6 ft ½ in or 184 cm
70 kg or 154.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Bill has dated –
- Blair Tindall (2005-2006) – His only prominent relationship and then marriage was with Blair Tindall, a famous writer. They started dating on September 8, 2005, and it lasted until they got engaged on December 2, 2005. The engagement turned into marriage on February 3, 2006. However, the married life wasn’t as fruitful and long, and ended after only 26 days, in March 2006.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of American descent but has Welsh, Irish, and English roots on his maternal side.
Dark Brown (Natural)
With advancing age, his hair has turned ‘Gray’.
- Hazel eyes that change color
- Tall, slim build
- Often wears a suit with a bowtie or a lab coat with a bowtie
Jack has appeared in TV commercials for –
- Ballard Computer (the late 80s and the early 90s)
- Smithsonian University
- Persil ProClean
- WAVY Saturday Morning (1996)
He has been featured for his contributions to science in –
- ExxonMobil’s Pavillion called “University of Energy” in EPCOT Center, located in Orlando, Florida, that is owned by Disney.
Best Known For
- Being a writer for a show he pitched himself called Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993-1998)
- Showing up in a famous TV show dedicated to science, The Big Bang Theory, where he had a role from 2013 to 2018
- Acting in Stargate: Atlantis (2008) alongside Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa, and Joe Flanigan
- Being one of the most famous science-oriented personalities in the media industry
He narrated the movie Astronauts in 1997, after which his voice became highly sought-after.
First TV Show
The first notable TV show he appeared in as himself was Front Runners in 1986. However, Fabolous Wetlands in 1989 was his breakthrough into the world of narration.
Bill claimed that he first started exercising out of concern for his posture. The building he resides in has a gym as part of it, which makes working out much easier.
He doesn’t follow a specific diet plan, nor does he have a personal trainer. He likes to stay active by taking walks and doing at-home chores to keep himself busy and in shape.
Bill Nye Favorite Things
- Food – Peanut Butter, Sandwich, Apples
- Books – Born Standing Up by Steve Martin, Cosmos by Carl Sagan, Fundamentals of Modern Physics by Robert Martin Eisberg, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
- Drink – Coffee
- Music – Cowboy songs, Swing dancing
- Catchphrase – Science rules!
Bill Nye Facts
- Bill’s father was captured and spent 4 years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. He learned to tell time by using the shadow of the handle of a shovel, which made him passionate about sundials.
- He was a part of a little family business that sold Ned Nye’s sundials that were suitable for beaches of the Atlantic coast. Later on in his career, Nye became the CEO of the Planetary Society, which developed sundials to be used during the Mars exploration missions.
- In addition to designing a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor used in Boeing 747s, he appeared in as little as 3 training videos for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. Employees still use them as part of education for future aeronautic and mechanical engineers.
- The comic career had a very interesting start for him as he won a Steve Martin contest for a lookalike in 1978.
- Years before his Bill Nye, the Science Guy TV series premiered, he appeared as the Science Guy character during a sketch for a comedy show Almost Live in 1984.
- Later on, during the same show, he appeared as a Speed Walker. He was a character of a Seattle superhero with no superpowers that fights crime while staying true to laws and regulations of the speed-walking association, which was a smart nod to Bill’s background in science.
- Bill Nye applied to become a NASA astronaut 4 times but got rejected every time.
- Early in his career, he juggled a day job of a mechanical engineer and being a stand-up comedian at night, because he was passionate about both fields.
- His TV Show, Bill Nye, the Science Guy that ran from 1993 to 1998 was credited as a great teaching tool for students in the classrooms across the U.S.A. His quirky humor and easy-to-understand explanations of science concepts made education simpler and more efficient for science students that followed the show.
- He published multiple books in a CD format back in 1996, for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Pacific Interactive was behind the publishing, and he was credited under the name “The Science Guy”.
- Apart from adhering to the audience of kids and teenagers interested in science, Bill dabbled in projects oriented towards adults. The Eyes of Nye aired in 2005 and was dealing with topics of genetically modified food, global warming, and race. The show lasted for 1 season only.
- Netflix, a famous streaming service giant, gave Bill an opportunity to appear in a series titled Bill Nye Saves the World, which aired April 21, 2017, and was marked by a successful premiere.
- Bill was a self-proclaimed geek, both in the way he thought of the world around him, and the way he dressed.
- His 1st childhood memory is throwing an airplane powered by a simple rubber band, the Sky Streak. Then, he tried figuring out the ways to make the plane come back to him on its own so that he can stay in one place.
- His 1st and only marriage was announced in 2005 on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. It lasted under a month and was annulled later on. He even filed a restraining order at one point and sued her for an amount of $57,000 in attorney fees.
- Bill revealed that his family has a history of ataxia, a neurological condition that affects balance, coordination, and voluntary functions. For that reason, he decided not to have children of his own, even though he doesn’t suffer from ataxia himself.
- In July 2018, Bill Nye attended a National League event where he played for the squad during an MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. Even though he struck out at his first at-bat, the Nationals Park crowd gave him a rousing ovation after he singled in at the bottom of the 3rd inning.
- There are speculations surrounding Bill Nye’s daughter, Charity Nye, that started after a certain search engine showed that information as a search result. Further digging by some people has revealed that she was born around 2003. Bill himself has never confirmed or denied that fact.
- Bill has a podcast called Planetary Radio that brings in over 50,000 members worldwide that listen to his opinion on planetary missions and spacecraft that travel to other worlds.
- Visit his official website at @ www.billnye.com.
- Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and see what he has to say on Twitter.
Featured Image by Bill Nye / Instagram