Behind The Bow Tie: Facts You Don’t Know About Bill Nye

For ’90s kids, no one made science more fun than Bill Nye. The live action science program aired from 1993 to 1998 and taught us about everything from atoms to zygotes. Bill Nye injected humor in every episode and was never afraid to get a little creative to teach us how the world works—all while wearing one of his colorful bowties of course. But while many us know this side of Bill Nye, what about the man behind the series? Who exactly is Bill Nye? Take a look and find out.

Bill Nye’s Mom Was A World War II Code Breaker

Bill Nye’s Mom Was A World War II Code Breaker

Before Bill Nye became everyone’s favorite scientist, his mother was raising him in Washington D.C. while casually breaking codes in the Navy during WWII. Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye worked with Enigma machines, which were designed to intercept and decipher German messages. As a result of Jacqueline and co’s work, the war is estimated to have been shortened by more than a year and a half. Beyond her time cracking codes, Bill Nye has said his doctorate mother helped instill a love of science within him. It seems like badassery runs in the family.