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Derek Muller with scientist David A Sinclair and educator David Gold

Some Lesser Known Facts About Derek Muller

  • Derek Muller’s parents are originally from South Africa.
  • He was born in Australia where the family shifted, as his father got a job as an engineer at a paper and pulp company.
  • He acted as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol on stage when he was 11.
    Derek Muller (circled) as Tiny Tim in a play

    Derek Muller (circled) as Tiny Tim in a play

  • He received the Governor General Bronze Academic Medal for academic excellence as he was the top student among the 425 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma graduates.
  • He wished to be a filmmaker but did not choose that option as there is no defined academic or career path.
  • He received the chancellor’s scholarship for all the years (2000-2004) of his engineering graduation at the Queen’s University in Canada.
  • He created two documentary films for the drama department of Queen’s University in 2003-2004.
  • He graduated at an average of 90 per cent, in the top 15th position among the 625 engineering graduates.
  • He received the Australian Postgraduate Award, a scholarship given to students with exceptional research potential.
  • He was the Physics Laboratory Demonstrator and Tutor in second-year computational and experimental labs at the University of Sydney.
  • During his research training (2005-2008) at the University of Sydney, he was the first author to publish five papers in internationally refereed journals and seven papers in internationally refereed conference proceedings.
  • His dissertation was on Designing Effective Multimedia For Physics Education.
  • He was the project coordinator for facilitating a grant to make multimedia for high school physics topics.
  • He created films for the physics modules of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) Examinations and distributed the DVDs across schools in Australia.
  • He worked as a Physics teacher (2006-2013) for grade 11 and 12 students at Matrix Education, Sydney. He developed teaching resources and educational videos for teaching the students.
  • He has been the creative director and CEO of Thought Works, Sydney since 2010, creating the first YouTube channel Veritasium and providing educational consultancy.

  • He coined the name Veritasium to mean an element of truth by combining the Latin word, veritas (truth) and -ium, the suffix for a metal element.
  • He has two other YouTube channels, 2Veritasium (an isotope of truth) and Sciencium (an element of knowledge).
  • Veritasium has a subscriber base of more than 15 million (as of Aril, 2024)
  • He was also the Head of Science at the same institution from 2008 to 2012. He implemented a new CRM database and was also responsible for the marketing.
  • He was popular as a researcher and presenter of the Why Guy segment of the Breakfast program aired on Channel Ten.
  • Derek was the speaker at the TED@Sydney in 2012 and TEDxSyney in 2013.
    Derek Muller at TEDxSydney 2013

    Derek Muller at TEDxSydney 2013

  • He was also the keynote speaker and host at several conferences and education summits.
  • He was one of the three hosts of Catalyst on The Road, a television series in 2013.
  • He was an engineering expert, researcher, and presenter about ancient Egypt, monuments, and technology on a program called Ancient Impossible by Wild Dream Films broadcast on History Channel in 2014.
  • He was the researcher, writer, and host of the award-winning documentary series, Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail (2015), broadcast on PBS Network.
    Derek Muller on the poster of the documentary Uranium Twisting the Dragon's Tail

    Derek Muller on the poster of the documentary Uranium Twisting the Dragon’s Tail

  • In 2015, Derek Muller hosted a backstage show live before the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
  • He was featured on the BBC Show, QI, and Discovery television show, You Have Been Warned.
  • He is also the founder of Snatoms, a teacher’s aid and a learning resource containing magnetic atoms that can be put together to form various shapes of molecules.
    Derek Muller with the Snatoms

    Derek Muller with the Snatoms

  • He likes the pistachio flavour or a rocky road in ice cream.
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