Kyle Hill is a popular science educator and YouTuber.
He has more than 1.4 million subscribers on his YouTube channel by the name Kyle Hill.
Kyle Hill was born in 1989 into a middle-class family in Mequon, Wisconsin, United States.
According to 23andMe, the majority of his genetic makeup is from Northern Ireland.
As a kid, Kyle loved playing with Legos and looking for bugs in the backyard and woods.
His father is a businessman and Kyle has a brother.
In 2011, he graduated with bachelors of science in civil and environmental engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
And in 2013, Kyle graduated with a masters of arts in science communication from Marquette University.
Love for science & his inspirations-
Kyle grew up watching MythBusters TV show and Bill Nye, popular for his television show, Bill Nye the Science Guy.
His favourite episodes of MythBuster are the JATO Rocket Car and Jet-Assisted Chevy.
Kyle was inspired by Bill Nye, his personality and presenting style and he too wanted to develop a similar personality and presenting style after growing up.
After growing up, he appeared in a Bill Nye’s Netflix TV show by the name Bill Nye Saves the World.
Kyle was fortunate to have great science teachers from his school up to his master’s degree.
He has also been inspired by Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Kari Byron.
Thanks to all these, it’s no wonder that Kyle became passionate in science.
Becoming a science communicator-
Kyle started his blog by the name Science-Based Life in 2010 and started occasionally publishing blog posts on it.
In 2011, he started frequently publishing science articles on his blog.
Initially, Kyle started debunking misinformation but realized that he was coming off as a negative and mean person.
During that time, he decided to make a career in science communication and position himself like Bill Nye as a humorous general science guy and so, he transferred his tone of communication to come off as a general science educator.
Kyle through his work started instilling critical thinking in people.
He also contributed as a freelance science writer to WIRED, Popular Science, Nature Education, Slate, io9, Nautilus, and The Boston Globe and wrote for Scientific American, Skeptical Inquirer and Discover Magazine.
In order to become a good writer, Kyle took online courses, read the works of great writers and practiced writing on his blog.
Kyle also appeared on Fox News, Al Jazeera America, BBC World Service, and HuffPost Live.
He worked for James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) for a while and wrote articles for them.
In 2014, Kyle attended the birthday party of Nathan Fillion and here, he happenstantially met Chris Hardwick, the founder of the Nerdist Industries.
He walked up to Chris and elevator pitched him about the working mechanism of The Walking Dead virus, in 2014 The Walking Dead was very popular.
During that time, Chris was looking for an editor for the Nerdist website and as he was impressed by Kyle, he got appointed as the Editor of the website.
And from 2014 to 2020, he was the host of the two popular YouTube channels by the name Because Science (powered by Nerdist) and Nerdist.
Here, Kyle communicated science through superheroes, pop culture and video games and thanks to him, Because Science gained 1.3 million subscribers in just 18 months.
The experience that he gained while working at Nerdist later helped him to become a successful YouTuber on his own YouTube channel.
Once Dan Tapster, a Producer of MythBusters read one of his 2013 Scientific American articles and was impressed by it.
And he emailed Kyle and this led to an offer to host MythBusters.
In September 2016, it was announced that he would host the MythBusters series on the Science Channel.
In the same year, Kyle hosted ‘MythBusters: The Search’ on the Science Channel.
Working on his own YouTube channel-
Kyle left Nerdist to start working on his own science YouTube channel.
Even though he started his YouTube channel on 8 September 2011, he started working on it only from February 2020, after leaving Nerdist.
Kyle initially named his YouTube channel as [THE FACILITY] but later renamed it to Kyle Hill.
This YouTube channel gained a hundred thousand subscribers in just five days.
A narrative throughput is the main aim of his channel and Kyle has his own professors, security team and interns for his YouTube channel.
Vsauce, Michael Reeves, TheBackyardScientist and William Osman are his favourite YouTube channels.
A successful YouTuber-
As of January 2023, Kyle has 1.44M subscribers on his Kyle Hill YouTube channel.
And has 145.6K followers on Twitter, 101K followers on Instagram and 49K followers on his Facebook page.
Kyle earns from a variety of sources like advertisements on his YouTube videos, selling merchandise, receiving sponsorships and he also accepts donations on Patreon.
In addition to his blog, he also has a website.
On 2 September 2021, he started his second YouTube channel by the name Kyle Hill Gaming.
Kyle also gives presentations at schools and conventions across the United States.
In 2020, he was named as the Science Influencer of the Year by The Outpost 2020.
Kyle was a sci-comm advisor to the White House and in 2022, he consulted with an office in the White House and helped coordinate content and messaging for the World Quantum Day.
In 2016, Kyle was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism spectrum disorder.
In one of his YouTube videos, he credited autism for his hyperfocus, observation skills and passion for numbers and science.
Kyle also suffers from misophonia due to which he is very sensitive to certain sounds.
Kyle was in a relationship with Claire Max.
In a 2021 YouTube podcast he stated that he is single.
Kyle lives in Los Angeles, California.
Some interesting facts about Kyle Hill-
- Kyle had been a rock climber for fifteen years and loves Magic: The Gathering card game.
- St. Vincent (Anne Erin Clark) is his favourite musical artist.
- Kyle grew up with Shonen Anime and Dragon Ball Z and he loves One-Punch Man Manga series.
- He is an introvert.
- Kyle is good friends with Allen Pan, a popular science YouTuber.
- He started growing his hair after watching ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ film but as his videos started becoming popular, people started comparing him to Thor.
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