I recently picked up a book “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World” by Bill Nye. If you haven’t heard of William Sanford “Bill” Nye, more popularly known as just Bill Nye, well than read this and find out about one of the most well- known scientists during today’s time.
Bill Nye was born on November 27, 1955. Bill’s father is a World War II veteran, as well as being a prisoner of Japanese war camps during Bill’s early years of living. While in the Japanese war camps, Bill’s father had to live without electricity which got him into the science of sundials in order to tell the time of day. This later made Bill very interested in sundials and opened up his eyes to the science world. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1977. What got Bill Nye really famous in the science world was his work as a host for a children’s TV show named “Bill Nye: The Science Guy”.
His career began in Seattle as he worked for Boeing where he took part in training films, as well as engineering a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor, which are still used in the Boeing 747 today. Bill years later started his career in entertainment and television by correcting the pronunciation of the word “gigawatt”, that a host on “Almost Live’s” was saying wrong. The host eventually replied to Bill stating, “Who do you think you are, Bill Nye the Science Guy?”. And this is what started his long time career as Bill Nye the Science Guy.
The show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” aired from 1993-1998 and caught the attention of all ages. I personally remember watching episodes of his show during my middle school science classes. What made the show so highly popular was that is grabbed the attention of kids, as well as adults. It had a creative side where kids could understand the science behind a topic, and at the same time some adults didn’t even know the science of the topic. It brought learning from all ages together to learn science, something Bill always loved.
At the age of 61, Bill Nye is now relaxing in Los Angles, California with his wife Blair Tindall. He is still very well- known because of his award winning TV show, as well as for the book I just picked up that he just published in 2016.