Don Herbert, who introduced millions of children to the world of science on his television show Mr. Wizard’s World died Tuesday at the age of 89.
Herbert had been battling bone cancer for some time and died at his Bell Canyon home in California said his son-in-law, Tom Nikosey.
Herbert had started in television back in the fifties on a show called Watch Mr. Wizard. In 1954, the show received the Peabody Award and eventually turned the TV into a classroom tool. The show portrayed him using household items to demonstrate scientific experiments in a workshop.
In the eighties, Mr. Wizard’s World which mirrored his earlier program, became an extremely popular show on Nickelodeon. Colleague Steve Jacobs has fond memories of Herbert and served as a bit of a backstage scientist on the Nickelodeon kids’ show.
“He modeled how to predict and measure and analyze…the show today might seem slow but it was in-depth and forced you to think along. You were learning about the forces of nature,” said Jacobs.
Herbert is survived by six children and stepchildren, his second wife Norma, and his son-in-law Tom. We here at Inside Pulse send our thoughts out to the all his friends and family. I watched you for many many years Mr. Wizard, thank you for teaching me a lot more science then I ever had the patience to learn in school. May you rest in peace.