William Sanford Nye

Chief Executive Officer at The Planetary Society

William Sanford Nye

William Sanford Nye

Chief Executive Officer at The Planetary Society

Biography

Bill Nye is The Planetary Society’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He has served as CEO since 2010, providing vision and guidance, leading key organizational decision making, and serving as the public face of The Society.

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Why did Carl Sagan form The Planetary Society?

Carl Sagan said, "I believe our future depends on how well we know this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky." In 1980 he co-founded The Planetary Society. Today, Bill Nye is our CEO. Join us in our effort to change the world.

Along with serving as CEO of the world’s largest independent space interest group, Nye is also an internationally renowned and award-winning science educator, television presenter, mechanical engineer, science advocate, and author. He is best known as the host of the PBS children’s science show Bill Nye the Science Guy, and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator and advocate.

Nye joined The Planetary Society as a charter member when the organization was founded in 1980 and deepened his involvement over time. He joined the Board of Directors in 2005, taking on the role of President of the Board, and was elected to the position of CEO in 2010.

After earning a degree in mechanical engineering at Cornell University, Nye spent more than 20 years working as an engineer for the Boeing Corporation, Sundstrand Data Control (now Honeywell), and other engineering firms in the Seattle area. Drawing on his strengths in science and comedy, Nye went on to create, write, produce, and host the Emmy award-winning television show Bill Nye the Science Guy between 1993 and 1998. He continued his work in television with The Eyes of Nye in 2005 and Bill Nye Saves The World in 2017 and 2018. A documentary film about his life’s work, Bill Nye: Science Guy, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.

Nye has authored several books, including the New York Times Bestseller Undeniable, Unstoppable, and Everything All at Once. In addition to his many other activities, he travels the world and appears on television on a regular basis, sharing his views on the importance of science and space exploration, and inspiring people of all ages to change the world for the better.

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The Planetary Society

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790

Number of Boards

4

Birthday

11/27/1955 - Washington, DC, United States

Age

64

Number of Awards

1

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Co-Founder at The Planetary Society

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Gamedesk, Inc.

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Actor, Living with Ed at Brentwood Communications International

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President at The Planetary Society

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Property Connect, Inc.

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Director at The Planetary Society

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Director at The Planetary Society

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Founder at Cygnus Investment Partners, Inc.

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Executive Director at Union of Concerned Scientists, Inc.

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Executive Vice President at Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.

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William Sanford Nye
Chief Executive Officer at The Planetary Society
Education
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, they have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

Memberships
Charter Member
1980 - Current

THE PLANETARY SOCIETY EMPOWERS THE WORLD'S CITIZENS TO ADVANCE SPACE SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board
2019 - Current
Member, National Advisory Board
Current

The Union of Concerned Scientists is a science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. It was founded 1969 in and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

The Chabot Space & Science Center Foundation is a separate 501c3 nonprofit corporation that receives contributions, donations, and other funds from various sources for the benefit of the Chabot Space & Science Center. The role of the Foundation Board is to assist in Chabot’s fundraising effort through personal contributions and in-kind resources, and to help promote and build support for Chabot in the community.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

GameDesk is a research and outreach organization that seeks to reshape models for learning through game-play and game development by creating and implementing learning programs for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Political Donations
$500
2012

Former President of United States

$500
2012

Former President of United States

$500
2010

DNC Service Corp. operates a political party. It is an organization which raises fund for the Democratic Party which has been a part of the U.S. political landscape. The company plans the presidential nominating convention, promotes candidates from the local to the national level and sets the party platform. DNC Service was founded in 1848 and is located in Washington, DC.

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