He looks like he could be the next Dr Who, but this eccentric, bow-tie attired scientist was born in Washington DC and probably hasn’t done any time-travelling – although, with Bill Nye, you can never be sure. However, we do know that his visit to Australia next month will be his first to this continent.
Known as The Science Guy, Nye is a celebrity scientist whose level of energy and enthusiasm, as well as a knack for simplifying complex ideas, has won him fans all over the world.
He began his working life as an engineer, but an irrepressible sense of humour and need to entertain lured him into moonlighting as a stand-up comedian. His talent was obvious and it wasn’t long before he had his own TV series, Bill Nye The Science Guy (1993-1998) which became a huge hit and established Nye as both an accomplished entertainer and respected academic. The show garnered 18 Emmy Awards over its lifespan, with Nye personally picking up seven of those for writing, performing and producing.
After debating creationist Ken Ham in 2014, Nye wrote the book Undeniable: Evolution And The Science of Creation which was followed by Unstoppable: Harnessing Science To Change The World – a guide to being sustainable and Earth friendly.
Nye has also written five simplified science books for children and is working on a sixth about space exploration.
It is Bill Nye’s quest to make science palatable and fun as a way of educating and changing behaviour for the wider good. His live shows use video, photos and amazing experiments, presented with frenetic humour, and guarantee to leave audiences smiling and thinking.
Oct 8. Sydney Opera House, Benelong Point. $71.30-91.70+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyoperahouse.com
By Rita Bratovich