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Bill Nye

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As a student at Cornell University, Bill Nye the Science Guy was introduced to the wonders of astronomy in a class taught by Carl Sagan himself, one of the original founders of The Planetary Society. So for Bill, it was like coming full circle to join the Society’s Board of Directors, then become the organization’s Vice-president, and now its first Chief Executive Officer.

Bill’s mission for many years has been to turn on the public in general, and kids in particular, to the “way cool” wonders of science. Scientist, comedian, teacher, and author, Bill became a household name with his innovative, fast-paced television series, Bill Nye the Science Guy. His latest TV program, 100 Greatest Discoveries, airs in eight installments on the Science Channel.

Bill earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Cornell University and spent several years working as an engineer until he combined his dual love of science and comedy to create the Science Guy.

Born in Washington, D.C., he has a seminal childhood memory of flying a rubber band-powered airplane and figuring out how to make it turn left. It was the start of his life-long love of airplanes and spacecraft. After graduating from Cornell University, Bill worked for the Boeing Corporation for the next three years. He continued to work as a consulting engineer on various projects in the 1980s, with clients that included the U.S. Department of Justice.

Bill's career took a different path in 1986 when he originated Bill Nye the Science Guy on KJR Radio in Seattle, Washington. He was also the writer and talent for Almost Live, a television comedy show produced by KING Television, Seattle, for which he won 13 local Emmy awards for writing and performing. From 1992 to 1998, Bill was the writer, producer and talent for the Emmy award-winning Bill Nye the Science Guy TV series co-produced by Buena Vista Television (Disney) and KCTS (Seattle public television).

Bill has authored several books, including his latest: Bill Nye The Science Guy's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.

Additionally, he cannot help but encourage everyone to join the Planetary Society and support the cause of space exploration.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

Juno Reaches Jupiter!

07/12/2016 | 48:25
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Return with us to the evening of July 4, 2016 and the exciting arrival at Jupiter of the Juno orbiter. You’ll hear the moment of successful orbital insertion. Several of the mission’s key contributors reveal how Juno accomplished this feat, along with what they hope the spacecraft will tell us about the giant planet.

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Posted 2016/03/15 12:37 CDT | 4 comments

One of my favorite times of the year is upon us: the national conference of the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA). For the last couple of—er… decades, I’ve given lectures at this conference to support science teachers and find out what’s on their minds this school year.

Tonight I Glimpsed LightSail

Posted 2015/06/14 03:05 CDT | 8 comments

Tonight, for the first time, I glimpsed our spacecraft with my own eyes. It was just the faintest pinprick against the bright lights of the big city. But, there it was right on time and exactly per the coordinates.

We could find life on another planet, but do we have the will?

Posted 2014/06/19 10:46 CDT | 35 comments

Are we alone in the universe? This month’s National Geographic cover story takes a look at the question, and I weighed in on the subject.

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