Scientist, comedian, TV personality and author William S. Nye, or “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” will speak at Cornell’s Senior Convocation next month.
Early in his career, Nye was a Boeing engineer by day and a stand-up comedian by night. In 1986 he became a writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live,” where his character Bill Nye the Science Guy was born. The show was broadcast in the half-hour before “Saturday Night Live.” The character proved so popular that he earned his own show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which became nationally syndicated in the 1990s.
Since then Nye has been a teacher of science to adults and children across the world.