Bill Nye - MPSF Speaker Series

Engineer, comedian, author, inventor best known for his Emmy-winning love of science and flair for comedy as Bill Nye the Science Guy, inspiring audiences to engage with and improve our world.
January 13 - 16, 2020

Bill Nye

Bill Nye

Engineer, comedian, author, inventor—audiences revere this good-natured Renaissance Man’s infectious blend of humor, intellectual curiosity, and devotion to solving some of the world’s most complex challenges through science. 

Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. 

Perhaps best known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill’s wit and enthusiasm garnered 18 Emmy awards. Bill is also an author and frequent speaker on topics of global importance including climate change, evolution, population, space exploration, and STEM education. He is a steadfast champion of the unwavering value of critical thinking, science, and reason, inspiring his audiences to change the world.

Most recently, Nye was the subject of the documentary film Bill Nye: Science Guy. This behind the scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who would deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based worldview. 

His 2014 debate with a creationist who believes the earth is only 6,000 years old has been viewed nearly 6.5 million times on YouTube. After that experience, Bill wrote his first book for a general audience, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, which went on to become a New York Times best- seller. He is also the author of seven children’s books, including his most recent best-selling fiction series, Jack and the Geniuses. 

Nye graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University and returned there as a visiting professor from 2001-2005. In 2010, he joined the ranks of his astronomy professor Carl Sagan when he was elected the American Humanist Association’s “Humanist of the Year.” 

Nye serves as CEO of the Planetary Society, the world’s largest space-interest group. As an inventor, he holds a number of unusual patents, including an improved toe shoe for ballerinas, a device to help people learn to throw a baseball better, a magnifier made of water, and an abacus that does arithmetic like a computer – with only binary numbers. 

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