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Bill Nye

Birth Name:
William Sanford Nye
Birth Place:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Host, scientist, writer, comedian

Fast Facts

  • Mother was a World War II codebreaker; father spent time in a Japanese POW camp
  • After college, worked for Boeing as an engineer
  • Started doing stand-up after he won a Steve Martin look-a-like contest
  • Authored his first children's book, Big Blast of Science, in 1993
  • Won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Was a member of the team that designed the MarsDial, a sundial attached to the Mars rovers
  • Became the Executive Director of the Planetary Society in 2010
  • Is a committed environmentalist who spent years converting his house to have a small carbon footprint



    • E. Darby Nye Jr.--Brother
    • Blair Tindall--Ex-fiancée
    • Ned Nye--Father
    • Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye--Mother
    • Susan Nye--Sister