39 Facts About Bill Nye

1. Bill Nye continued to advocate for science, becoming the CEO of The Planetary Society.

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2. Bill Nye starred in a documentary about his life and science advocacy, Bill Nye: 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.

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3. Jenkins-Bill Nye was among a small elite group of young women known as "Goucher Girls", alumnae of Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, whom the Navy enlisted to help crack codes used by Japan and Germany.

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4. Bill Nye attended Lafayette Elementary School and Alice Deal Junior High before attending Sidwell Friends for high school on a scholarship, graduating in 1973.

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5. Bill Nye moved to Ithaca, New York to attend Cornell University and study at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

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6. Bill Nye graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering in 1977.

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7. Bill Nye applied four times, unsuccessfully, for NASA's astronaut training program.

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8. Bill Nye started doing standup comedy after winning a Steve Martin lookalike contest in 1978.

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9. Bill Nye began moonlighting as a comedian while working at Boeing.

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10. Bill Nye participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and volunteered at the Pacific Science Center on weekends as a "Science Explainer".

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11. On Fabulous Wetlands, Bill Nye explained the importance of preserving estuaries, and the hazards of pollution.

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12. Bill Nye obtained underwriting for the show from the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy.

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13. Bill Nye acknowledged that omitting his bow tie on the program was a mistake.

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14. Bill Nye was a contestant in season 17 of Dancing with the Stars in 2013, partnered with new professional dancer Tyne Stecklein.

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15. From 2000 to 2002, Bill Nye was the technical expert on BattleBots.

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16. Lecture Bill Nye gave on getting children excited about math inspired the creation of the crime drama Numb3rs, where Bill Nye appeared in several episodes as an engineering professor.

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17. In 2008, Bill Nye hosted Stuff Happens, a short-lived show on the Planet Green network.

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18. In October 2009, Bill Nye recorded a short YouTube video advocating clean-energy climate-change legislation, on behalf of Al Gore's Repower America campaign.

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19. Bill Nye joined the American Optometric Association in a multimedia advertising campaign to persuade parents to provide their children with comprehensive eye examinations.

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20. On February 28, 2014, Bill Nye was a celebrity guest and interviewer at the White House Student Film Festival.

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21. Bill Nye appeared in the 2016 documentary Food Evolution, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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22. Bill Nye was honorary co-chair of the inaugural March for Science on April 22, 2017.

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23. In 2018, Bill Nye guest-starred in an episode of Blindspot, "Let It Go", playing a fictionalized version of himself who is the father of the character Patterson.

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24. From 2005 to 2010, Bill Nye was the vice president of the Planetary Society, an organization that advocates space science research and the exploration of other planets, particularly Mars.

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25. Bill Nye became the organization's second Executive Director in September 2010 when Louis Friedman stepped down.

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26. Bill Nye spoke of his father's passion for sundials and timekeeping, his time at Cornell, his work on the sundials on the Mars rovers, and the story behind the Bill Nye Solar Noon Clock, which he then presented to the university atop Rhodes Hall.

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27. On Earth Day 2015, Bill Nye met with US President Obama to visit Everglades National Park in Florida and discuss climate change and science education.

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28. In March 2015, Bill Nye announced he changed his mind and now supported GMOs.

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29. In July 2017, Bill Nye observed that the majority of climate change deniers are older people, and said, "So we're just going to have to wait for those people to 'age out', as they say.

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30. In July 2012, Bill Nye supported President Barack Obama's reelection bid.

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31. Bill Nye attended the 2018 State of the Union Address after being invited by Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine.

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32. In July 2018, Bill Nye played for the National League squad at the MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.

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33. Bill Nye holds three United States patents: one for ballet pointe shoes, one for an educational magnifying glass created by filling a clear plastic bag with water, and one for a device for training an athlete to throw a ball.

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34. Bill Nye holds a design patent for a digital abacus.

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35. In May 1999, Bill Nye was the commencement speaker at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree.

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36. Bill Nye received honorary doctorates from Johns Hopkins University in May 2008, and in May 2011 from Willamette University In May 2015, Rutgers University awarded him an honorary doctor of science degree and paid him a $35,000 speaker's fee for presenting the ceremony's keynote address.

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37. Bill Nye received an honorary doctor of pedagogy degree during a commencement ceremony at Lehigh University on May 20, 2013.

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38. Bill Nye received the 2010 Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association.

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39. In October 2015, Bill Nye was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from Simon Fraser University.

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