Bill Nye

William Sanford "Bill" Nye ( born November 27, 1955 in Washington, DC, USA) is an American scientist, television presenter and author who began his career as a mechanical engineer at Boeing. The general public is Nye primarily as a moderator of children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993 - 1998) known.

Academic Career

Nye initially studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1977. To date, he holds at Cornell University occasionally guest lectures. As a mechanical engineer, he was involved in the development of hydraulic systems, which are still installed in the Boeing 747. In the early 2000s he helped with the construction of a sundial that came as part of the space mission Mars Exploration Rover on the application and through specially marked boxes allowed for color calibration. From 2005 to 2010 he was the chairman of The Planetary Society, a nonprofit organization that promotes, among others, for the exploration of the solar system. Nye applied claims to have repeatedly unsuccessful at NASA as an astronaut.

Career as a moderator

His career in the entertainment industry began Nye as an actor in the comedy television show Almost Live! . There he played for the first time Bill Nye the Science Guy and another character named Speedwalker - a rapid continuous superheroes from Seattle.

In the animated series Back to the Future, he appeared as a silent accomplice of Doc Brown ( Christopher Lloyd) in the live-action segment.

With Bill Nye the Science Guy, a science program for children, he has been in the U.S. for a celebrity. The show was canceled after five seasons and 100 episodes. In the years that Nye was involved in numerous TV formats and entered again in shipments as a guest on - in 2013, for example, in the 142nd episode of The Big Bang Theory. For a world-wide media coverage made ​​in February 2014 his public debate with Ken Ham, a representative of the young-earth creationism and president of the controversial organization Answers in Genesis.