You almost definitely know Bill Nye from one of the 100 episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy that aired from 1993-1998 - he was always wearing his signature light blue lab coat and a slick bow tie. But who is Bill Nye, really? What do we know about him, other than he's the science guy? According to his biography, William Sanford Nye was born on November 27, 1955, in Washington, D.C. He went to college at Cornell University, where he studied mechanical engineering, and took an astronomy class taught by Carl Sagan.
According to Bill Nye's wiki, he began his career in Seattle at Boeing, focusing on aeronautics. In 1999, he told the St. Petersburg Times that he applied to be a NASA astronaut "every few years," but "was always rejected," probably because they feared the progress that humanity would make with Bill Nye at the helm of our collective spaceship. NASA had no idea what they were missing out on. Bill Nye is actually a total baller. He's got it all. Money? Check. Fame? Check. Women? Check. He comes from a long line of badasses and has been proudly repping the Nye family crest for 61 years now. Check out these baller facts about Bill Nye's life that prove he's a total badass.
His Mother Was A Badass
Bill Nye once said, “My mom was a big believer in women doing everything.”
Well, he wasn't kidding. Not only was his mother, Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye, a serving member of the Navy, she was even enlisted to help crack the Enigma Code. Her work on the project is said to have shortened WWII by several years.
"She wasn't Rosie the Riveter, she was Rosie the Top-Secret Code Breaker," he remembers. "People would ask her what she did during World War II and she'd say, 'I can't talk about it, ha ha ha!'"
He Once Fainted During A Speech, Woke Up 10 Seconds Later, And Continued Speaking
In 2010, Bill Nye was giving a lecture at USC, probably about something awesome like black holes ending the universe or something. Mid-sentence, he passed out. After about ten seconds, he woke up and asked the audience how long he'd been out, because it's totally plausible that he was unconscious for an hour and the audience just sat there silently waiting for him to finish his sentence - the man demands respect.
The best part? He didn't seem to think anything of it. He actually told the crowd "a similar thing happened to him earlier in the day."
His Father Was A Badass
Bill wrote a heartwarming blog post about his father back in 2013, where he said, "My dad called himself Ned Nye, Boy Scientist. His life was changed and shaped by four years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in World War II."
His dad maintained his sanity in a Japanese prison camp with no clocks or electricity by creating his own sundials to keep track of time during his four years there. Bill carried on his father's unique love of sundials and helped create a sundial that was placed on Mars.
His Show Won 18 Emmys In 5 Seasons
Bill Nye the Science Guy ran for five seasons from 1993 to 1998, and in that time they won 18 Emmys. That's more than Breaking Bad.
Nye raked in Emmys for some killer categories, such as Outstanding Children's Series, Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series, Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series, and Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series. Not to mention all the show's Environmental Media, Online Film & Television Association, Television Critics Association, and Young Artist Awards.