First and foremost, John is a thinker.
He has been involved in the development of brand personalities, advertising campaigns and marketing strategies for numerous Fortune 500 companies. John has established a well-entrenched reputation as a vocal advocate for the creative process and has made a career on the “science of advertising,” a process where strategy and creativity work together for superior marketing. He has also been recognized for his ability to translate difficult medical and scientific concepts into material that can be more easily communicated to patients, clinicians and scientists. He is also a popular lecturer on a wide variety of topics--always presented in a unique and stimulating way. He has spoken at the Fashion Institute of Technology, St. John's University, Fairleigh Dickinson, The New York Society for Ethical Culture and Harvard University as well as many corporate and sales venues. Additionally, John has distinguished himself as a scientific thinker. Earlier in his career, John was a research associate at Harvard Medical School and has co-authored several papers with global thought-leaders in the field of cardiovascular physiology. He has also been very active in a wide variety of community service activities including the municipal planning board, redevelopment committee, fire department and first aid squad.
John lives in Mendham, NJ, with his wife Amy and their two daughters Annabel and Kate. Currently, he is the Chief Creative Officer for Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, the world’s largest healthcare communications company. It’s a safe bet that John is currently thinking about aspects of consciousness as related to the mystical experience and cognition. He is also developing a contemporary think tank that encourages and celebrates the vital role of scientific thought in society. His blog is entitled THINKOLOGY and can be found at his Web site.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.