Dr. William S. Nye was born November 27, 1955, in Washington, DC, making November 27, 2017, his sixty-second birthday. Happy Birthday to Bill Nye, the Science Guy!
Bill Nye is a science advocate. He is a science educator. He is also an engineer, an inventor, an author, a scriptwriter, a producer, and a comedian. He has (at last count) six honorary doctorates, although the highest degree he earned was a BS in mechanical engineering. He has, of course, never stopped learning.
Bill Nye is most famous for his television show Bill Nye the Science Guy, which from 1993 to 1998 taught scientific principles to children and their parents.
Now, when our president claims climate change is nothing but a Chinese hoax, it’s more important than ever to study and understand science. Bill Nye considers scientific illiteracy a clear and present danger to our nation. DVDs of Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes are available for sale through the Disney Movie Club. Dr. Nye can also be heard on Planetary Radio Sundays on Krypton Radio.
Our country is the only country in the world that has some people that don’t believe in evolution. America is still the leader in scientific advancement, and yet we have adults who want to ignore the evidence of millions and millions of years to believe something much more complicated and complex with zero proof. It’s important that our children are raised to be educated, well-rounded tax paying citizens that understand the importance of technology and science. If you’re an adult and you choose not to believe in science, fine, but please don’t prevent your children from learning about it and letting them draw their own conclusions. I think in 30-40 years this won’t even be an issue, but right now it’s a major concern for a country that has a significant amount of adults raising children to ignore the facts and the evidence surrounding them about our universe, our creation and our well-being. (emphasis added)
Bill Nye attended Cornell University, where Carl Sagan was his astronomy professor. Years later, he met up with Dr. Sagan and told him that he was planning a children’s science and technology show.
“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 he said, ‘Focus on pure science. Kids resonate to pure science rather than technology.’ And that turned out to be great advice.”
In his personal life, Bill Nye is a baseball fan and an avid swing dancer. His favorite teams are the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Nationals. He’s done experiments to demonstrate the physics of baseball. In addition to appearing on Stargate: Atlantis and The Big Bang Theory as himself, he was also a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Of his many patents, most are for dancing shoes.
Nye has written two best-selling books on science: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation in 2014 and Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World in 2015. He is also the author of Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity, and Solve Any Problem (whew, that’s a mouthful), Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Big Blast of Science, Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs, and several others.
I have written a children’s book, R is for Renaissance Faire, and have contributed a story to Alternative Truths and a song to More Alternative Truths. Books make great Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice gifts. Consider buying books for your loved ones this holiday season. Bill Nye’s books, my books, Juliette Douglas‘ books, Jefferson P. Swycaffer‘s books. Buy a book. Fight ignorance. Read.