Vancouver born and raised, Bill Burnyeat was educated at Langara College and the University of British Columbia. He began his career as a print journalist with a strong interest in space science writing. Since then, Bill has been an astronomy educator, outreach organizer, and planetarium operator – highly interactive work with the public that has spanned more than 30 years.
In 1985, Bill joined the part-time staff of Vancouver’s H.R. MacMillan Planetarium (now the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre) to conduct its annual Community Astronomy summer stargazing tour of B.C. provincial parks. He subsequently became a lecturer/operator in MacMillan’s Zeiss Planetarium star theatre. In 2004, he was asked to direct educational activities for the teaching planetarium of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Bill also became the first portable planetarium operator in the province. Currently, Bill is the manager of planetarium services for Canadian Planetariums in Burnaby, B.C. He is also an instructor in the Liberal Arts and Adults 55+ Program at Simon Fraser University.
A keen observer of the night sky, Bill’s deep interest in telescopes, celestial observing, and communicating astronomy has been life-long. He remains a frequent contributor to NOVA, the newsletter of the Vancouver Centre, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.