When we typically think of celebrities, we don’t often think about how intelligent they are or what we could learn from them. Magazines and tabloids are often too focused on their looks or relationships to care much about their educational value. That is something this article attempts to rectify, by looking back at the celebrities of the past and present whose knowledge can inspire us all.
Better known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, this celebrity is the world-famous host of the syndicated children’s television show which was named after him. Here are some facts about him like the fact that his mother Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye, was a codebreaker during World War II intercepting messages from Japan where his father was held captive in a prisoner of war camp for four years. Before his lucrative career in TV and film, Nye worked as an engineer where he invented a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube that was then used in airplanes. In 1993 the first episode of his hit television show was aired which was also the debut of his iconic blue lab coat and bowtie. It was the first series to ever be shown on both public and commercial stations as it was funded by both public broadcastings as well as Walt Disney. It was beloved by children as well as adults and won nineteen Emmy Awards. The show would end in 1998 but Nye would later star in another scientifically focused show Bill Nye Saves the World in 2017 which was released on Netflix.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Born October 5th, 1958 in Manhattan, Neil deGrasse Tyson would grow up to become one of the most recognizable scientists in recent history. He has made numerous media appearances from being a regular guest on talk shows like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show to even appearing as himself in Superman comics. He won a NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2004 and received the Stephen Hawking Science Medal in 2017.
Gael Garcia Bernal
Whilst is not as well known as the others if you are in the United Kingdom or the United States, if you live in Latin America, then you probably know Gael Garcia Bernal’s name. His good looks are only second to his prowess as an actor and producer where he uses his films to educate and expose injustice. His political activism started young. When he was fourteen he worked with local indigenous people to teach them how to read them when he was fifteen he participated in the Chiapas uprisings. He also became the first Mexican person to be accepted into the Central School of Speech and Drama. Whilst Bernal has starred in numerous Academy Award-winning films, he has also helped to create short films and documentaries for Amnesty International focusing on the issues migrants from Central America face.
Stacey Dooley has been the host of numerous documentaries aired across the BBC’s different platforms that expose the social issues faced by those both abroad and at home. Her first series titled: Stacey Dooley Investigates was released in 2009. She has had many shows and specials aired since then that tackle controversial topics such as child soldiers, modern slavery, and hate crimes. She has also made programs for the CBBC including Show Me What You’re Made Of that discuss lighter but still pressing topics like exploitation of manual labor. In 2018 she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) due to her services for broadcasting.
Whilst we may not typically think of celebrities as people to look up to, these ones are certainly some of the few that we can.