Bill Nye was born William Sanford Nye on Nov. 27, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. He is best known for playing himself on "Bill Nye the Science Guy" and for appearances as a science educator in popular media.
Nye studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1977. He then worked at Boeing in his hometown of Seattle, where he starred in instructional videos and helped develop new technology for the 747. Nye's first foray into the entertainment industry came when Ross Shafer, host of a Seattle sketch comedy show called "Almost Live," asked Nye to do scientific demonstrations on the show. Nye obliged, and performed as "The Science Guy."
Nye's segments proved popular, and he performed a similar role in live-action segments of "Back to the Future: The Animated Series," in which he acted out experiments as explained by Dr. Emmett Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd. The popularity of these segments led to Nye developing his own show, "Bill Nye the Science Guy," which aired on PBS and in first-run syndication from 1993 to 1998. Since the show's conclusion, Nye has primarily appeared on news programs as a science expert and has promoted reducing carbon emissions to preserve the environment.