Bill Nye Solar Noon Clock
Bill Nye '77 designed and donated Cornell's Rhodes Hall Clock, a clock that indicates the Sun's highest daily position with a flood of light.
Inspired by stories from his father, a World War II prisoner of war who observed the shadow of a shovel handle to reckon the passage of time, Nye has been fascinated by sundials since childhood.
What time is solar noon at Cornell today?
The Solar Noon Indicator is a product of my Cornell years. It combines fundamental principles of modern electrical and mechanical branches of engineering along with wonderful discoveries in astronomy that date back more than 19 centuries.
I very much hope that the Solar Noon Indicator will inspire Cornellians and visitors alike, as they note the time of day reckoned with our Sun and ponder their place among the stars.
Visit the Bill Nye Solar Noon Clock display case to view original project items and media about the history, design, and creation of the Solar Noon Clock. The display case is located in the lobby of Rhodes Hall.