Derek Muller

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Derek Muller
Derek Muller 2016.jpg
Muller in 2016
Born Derek Muller
(1982-11-09) 9 November 1982 (age 34)
Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
Residence Los Angeles, California, US
Citizenship Australian
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
Television Catalyst, Bill Nye Saves the World

First prize, Science Online Cyberscreen Science Film Festival (2012) Australian Webstream Awards for Best Educational & Lifestyle Series 2013

Australian Department of Innovation Nanotechnology Film Competition

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 2008.

Early life and education[edit]

Muller was born in Traralgon, a city in regional Victoria, Australia, and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, when he was two.[1] In 2000, Muller graduated as the top student from West Vancouver Secondary School.[2] In 2004, Muller graduated from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, with a B.Sc in Engineering Physics,[3] and, after moving back to Australia, completed a PhD in physics education research from the University of Sydney in 2008 with a thesis, Designing Effective Multimedia for Physics Education.[4]


Muller has been listed as team member of the Australian television program Catalyst since 2008.[5] In January 2011 Muller created the YouTube channel Veritasium,[6] the focus of which is "addressing counter-intuitive concepts in science, usually beginning by discussing ideas with members of the public".[7] Muller's works have been featured at Scientific American,[8] Wired,[9] Gizmodo,[10] and i09.[11]

Since 2011, Muller has continued to appear on Catalyst, reporting scientific stories from around the globe,[12] and on Australian television network Ten as the 'Why Guy' on the Breakfast program.[13] In May 2012, he gave a TEDxSydney talk using the subject of his thesis.[14] In July 2012, Muller created a second YouTube channel, 2veritasium. Muller uses the new platform to produce editorial based videos that discuss such topics as film making, viewer reactions to popular Veritasium.[15] As of 12 December 2016 the channel had 205 video uploads, 3.8 million subscribers and 292 million video views. In 2015, he presented the documentary Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail, which aired in July/August on several public television stations across the globe.

On September 21, 2015, Muller hosted the Google Science Fair 2015 Awards Celebration.[16]

On November 24, 2015, Muller revealed in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread that he had recorded a podcast with Henry Reich of MinutePhysics, which was released on 26 November 2015.[17]

Muller has also won the Australian Department of Innovation Nanotechnology Film Competition and the Australian Webstream Awards for Best Educational & Lifestyle Series 2013.[18]

Starting in April 2017, he appeared as a correspondent on the Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World.[19]


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.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Derek Muller (6 February 2013). "Why Do Venomous Animals Live In Warm Climates?". YouTube. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Muller, Derek (4 May 2017). "Why I'm Not a Scientist". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Physicist, educator, and filmmaker Derek Muller, Sc’04". Alumni Career Spotlights. Queen's University. 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Derek Muller (2008). "Designing Effective Multimedia for Physics Education" (PDF). University of Sydney. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Meet the team". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Derek Muller (2011). "Veritasium". Veritasium. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Element of Truth: an interview with Derek Muller". The Royal Institution. March 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Carin Bondar (15 March 2012). "Meet Derek Muller – Winner of the Cyberscreen Science Film Festival". Scientific American. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Rhett Allain (13 July 2012). "Veritasium Video Homework". Wired. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Jamie Condliffe (20 February 2013). "What is light anyway?". Gizmodo. Gawker Media. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Robbie Gonzalez (9 October 2012). "This levitating barbecue is the coolest thing you'll see today". i09. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Derek Muller (11 October 2012). "Higgs Boson". ABC. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Why Guy". Breakfast (Australian TV program). Network Ten. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Derek Muller: The key to effective educational science videos". TEDxSydney. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  15. ^ Derek Muller (17 July 2012). "An Isotope of Truth". YouTube. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Google Science Fair (21 September 2015). "Google Science Fair 2015 Awards Celebration". YouTube. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  17. ^ Derek Muller (24 November 2015). "Derek Muller revealing podcast in an AMA". Reddit. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "About". Veritasium. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  19. ^ Harwood, Erika (October 14, 2016). "Karlie Kloss Is Teaming Up with Bill Nye". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ Cate Matthews (11 February 2014). "Is Facebook Making Money Off Fake 'Likes'?". Huffington Post., Inc. Retrieved 7 July 2016.