William Sanford Nye is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. He is best known as the host of the PBS and syndicated children’s science show Bill Nye the Science Guy. He has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars, The Big Bang Theory, and Inside Amy Schumer. Nye has written two bestselling books on science.
About Bill Nye in brief
William Sanford Nye is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. He is best known as the host of the PBS and syndicated children’s science show Bill Nye the Science Guy. He has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars, The Big Bang Theory, and Inside Amy Schumer. Nye has written two bestselling books on science: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation and Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World. He starred in a documentary about his life and science advocacy, Bill N Yea: Science Guy, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2017; and, in October 2017, was named a NYT Critic’s Pick. In 2017, he debuted the Netflix series Bill N yea Saves the World, which airs on PBS Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT and on the Sci-Tech Channel at 10:30 p.M. ET or on Sci-tech Channel at 11 p. m. ET /PT. For more information, visit www.billnye.com or go to www.sci-tech-channel.com. Nye was born in Washington, D. C. to Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye, who was a codebreaker during World War II; and Edwin Darby Nye, who worked as a contractor building an airstrip on Wake Island. He graduated from Cornell University with a BS in mechanical engineering in 1977. After graduating from Cornell, Nye worked as an engineer for the Boeing Corporation and Sundstrand Data Control near Seattle.
At Boeing, he invented a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube used on Boeing 747 airplanes. He quit his job on October 3, 1986, to focus on his burgeoning comedy career. He began moonlighting as a comedian while working on business jet systems, laser gyroscope systems, and do stand-up comedy by night. He also participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and volunteered at the Big Brothers Science Center on weekends as a science Explainer. In 1987, he became the CEO of the Planetary Society and helped develop sundials for the Mars Exploration Rover missions. He applied four times, unsuccessfully, for NASA’s astronaut training program. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and their three children. The Nye family lives in a suburb of Seattle with their three dogs, a cat, a dog, and a parrot. He and his wife have a son, a daughter, a son-in-law, and two step-daughters. They have a daughter and a step-son, who lives in New York, New York and Los Angeles, California. They also have a grandson, who is a high school football player and a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives with his parents in Seattle and has a wife and a daughter-in law who lives with him in Los Angeles and has three step-grandchildren. He works as a mechanical engineer for Boeing.