Derek Muller

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Derek Muller
Born Derek Muller
(1982-11-09) 9 November 1982 (age 32)
Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
Residence Sydney, Australia
Alma mater Queen's University (B.Sc)
University of Sydney (PhD)
Occupation Science communicator, filmmaker and television presenter.
Known for Vlogging, television presenter
Notable work Veritasium
Awards First prize, Science Online Cyberscreen Science Film Festival (2012)

Derek Alexander Muller (born 9 November 1982) is an Australian-Canadian science communicator, filmmaker and television presenter. He is best known for creating the YouTube channel Veritasium. Muller has appeared as a television presenter on the Australian television program Catalyst since 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

Muller was born in Traralgon, a city in regional Victoria, Australia and moved to Vancouver, Canada as an infant.[1] In 2004, Muller graduated from Queen's University in Ontario with a B.Sc in Engineering Physics[2] and completed a PhD in physics education research from the University of Sydney in 2008 with a thesis, Designing Effective Multimedia for Physics Education.[3]


Muller has been listed as team member of the Australian television program Catalyst since 2008.[4] In January 2011 Muller created the popular YouTube channel Veritasium,[5] the focus of which is "addressing counter-intuitive concepts in science, usually beginning by discussing ideas with members of the public."[6] As of 25 February 2015 it had 201 video uploads, 2,237,645 subscribers and 132,229,787 video views. Muller's works have been featured on Scientific American,[7] Wired,[8] Gizmodo[9] and i09.[10]

Since 2011 Muller has appeared as a television presenter on Catalyst, reporting scientific stories from around the globe.[11] and on Australian television network Ten as the 'Why Guy' on the Breakfast program.[12] In May 2012, he gave a TEDxSydney talk using the subject of his thesis.[13] In July 2012, Muller created a second YouTube channel, 2veritasium.[14] As of 23 January 2015 the channel had 26 video uploads, 234,978 subscribers and 5,124,053 video views.


Muller is a Facebook critic, and has denounced the ability of one to buy likes for a Facebook page illegally from "like farms" or "click farms" in developing countries or pay Facebook to promote a page.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Derek Muller (6 February 2013). "Why Do Venomous Animals Live In Warm Climates?". YouTube. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Physicist, educator, and filmmaker Derek Muller, Sc’04". Alumni Career Spotlights. Queen's University. 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Derek Muller (2008). "Designing Effective Multimedia for Physics Education" (PDF). University of Sydney. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Meet the team". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Derek Muller (2011). "Veritasium". Veritasium. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Element of Truth: an interview with Derek Muller". The Royal Institution. March 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Carin Bondar (15 March 2012). "Meet Derek Muller – Winner of the Cyberscreen Science Film Festival". Scientific American. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Rhett Allain (13 July 2012). "Veritasium Video Homework". Wired. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Jamie Condliffe (20 February 2013). "What is light anyway?". Gizmodo. Gawker Media. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Robbie Gonzalez (9 October 2012). "This levitating barbecue is the coolest thing you'll see today". i09. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Derek Muller (11 October 2012). "Higgs Boson". ABC. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Why Guy". Breakfast (Australian TV program). Network Ten. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Derek Muller: The key to effective educational science videos". TEDxSydney. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Derek Muller (17 July 2012). "An Isotope of Truth". YouTube. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Cate Matthews. February 2014 "Is Facebook Making Money Off Fake 'Likes'?". Huffington Post (, Inc.). Retrieved 14 December 2014.