Bill Bryson

William McGuire Bryson OBE HonFRS (/ˈbrsən/; born 8 December 1951) is an American–British author of books on travel, the English language, science, and other nonfiction topics. Born in the United States, he has been a resident of Britain for most of his adult life, returning to the U.S. between 1995 and 2003, and holds dual American and British citizenship. He served as the chancellor of Durham University from 2005 to 2011.[1][2][3][4]

Bill Bryson

Bryson in 2018
BornWilliam McGuire Bryson
(1951-12-08) 8 December 1951 (age 69)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
OccupationAuthor
Alma materDrake University
Genres
  • Travel
  • English language
  • Science
Spouse
Cynthia Billen
(m. 1975)
Children4
Website
billbryson.co.uk

Bryson came to prominence in the United Kingdom with the publication of Notes from a Small Island (1995), an exploration of Britain, and its accompanying television series. He received widespread recognition again with the publication of A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), a book widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science.