Derek Alexander Muller (born 9 November 1982) is an Australian-Canadian science communicator, filmmaker and television presenter. He is best known for creating the YouTube channel Veritasium. Muller has appeared as a television presenter on the Australian television program Catalyst since 2008.
Early life and education
Muller was born in Traralgon, a city in regional Victoria, Australia, and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, when he was two. In 2000, Muller graduated as the top student from West Vancouver Secondary School. In 2004, Muller graduated from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, with a B.Sc in Engineering Physics, and, after moving back to Australia, completed a PhD in physics education research from the University of Sydney in 2008 with a thesis, Designing Effective Multimedia for Physics Education.
Muller has been listed as team member of the Australian television program Catalyst since 2008. In January 2011 Muller created the YouTube channel Veritasium, the focus of which is "addressing counter-intuitive concepts in science, usually beginning by discussing ideas with members of the public". Muller's works have been featured at Scientific American, Wired, Gizmodo, and i09.
Since 2011, Muller has continued to appear on Catalyst, reporting scientific stories from around the globe, and on Australian television network Ten as the 'Why Guy' on the Breakfast program. In May 2012, he gave a TEDxSydney talk using the subject of his thesis. In July 2012, Muller created a second YouTube channel, 2veritasium. Muller uses the new platform to produce editorial based videos that discuss such topics as film making and viewer reactions to popular Veritasium videos. As of 12 December 2016 the channel had 205 video uploads, 3.8 million subscribers and 292 million video views. In 2015, he presented the documentary Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail, which aired in July/August on several public television stations across the globe.
Muller has also won the Australian Department of Innovation Nanotechnology Film Competition and the Australian Webstream Awards for Best Educational & Lifestyle Series 2013.