Bill Nye, who inspired a new generation to understand and appreciate science, will receive the Space Foundation’s 2013 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award.
Nye, who hosted his own television show “The Science Guy,” now leads The Planetary Society and was selected for the award for his ability to convey scientific concepts and make space science compelling for the general public.
The award will be presented April 8 during the opening ceremony of the National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor.
Nye’s television series started in Seattle in 1993. After two years in syndication, it was seen weekdays on PBS, as well. It aired six days a week until 1998. The show won 18 Emmy Awards, with Nye winning seven for writing, performing and producing. Many young professionals in the space industry credit Nye with creating the initial spark that led them to their current careers.