Jamie Hyneman life and biography

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Jamie Hyneman biography

Date of birth : 1956-09-25
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Marshall, Michigan
Nationality : American
Category : Science and Technology
Last modified : 2011-10-03
Credited as : MythBusters, special effects expert, owner of M5 Industries

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James Franklin "Jamie" Hyneman (born September 25, 1956) is an American special effects expert, best known for being the co-host of the television series MythBusters. He is also the owner of M5 Industries, the special effects workshop where MythBusters is filmed. He is known among Robot Wars devotees for his robot entry, Blendo, which, for a time, was deemed too dangerous for entry in the competition. He is one of the designers of the aerial robotic camera system Wavecam, used in sports and entertainment events. On May 16, 2010, he delivered the commencement address and received an honorary Doctorate of Engineering, from Villanova University.

A distinctive part of his appearance is his dark beret, white long-sleeve button up shirt over a black t-shirt, no-rim glasses, and, occasionally, sunglasses. This, along with his walrus-style moustache and deep voice, are constant subjects for jokes by co-host Adam Savage and other team members. A sign hanging in his workshop reading "Clean Up or Die", visible in several episodes, expresses his desire to keep the shop clean and tidy.

Hyneman's demeanor on MythBusters is calm, logical and no-nonsense, in stark contrast to Savage's more animated, impulsive and energetic persona. Hyneman is often exasperated by Savage's antics and he sometimes squabbles with him on how to test myths. The two often have completely different ideas for performing experiments and building devices. Hyneman's ideas tend to be more simplified, and he has been heard saying "keep it as simple as possible" and "more grunt, less elegance". This has led to competitions between the two presenters when testing some myths, such as testing the Goldfish Memory myth and Hoverboard myth.

His notable achievements in commercials include the can-spitting vending machine seen in 7 Up commercials, and his patented two-wheeled football shoe from Nike Lab commercials.

He is soon to be known as dr.h.c. Jamie Hyneman, since the University of Twente has decided to confer him (together with Adam Savage) such titles for their role in popularizing science, with the occasion of its 50th anniversary, on November 21, 2011.

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