Born on March 9, 1949 in New York, New York, Ira Flatow was a scientist from near the very beginning. When he was young, he set his mother’s bathroom on fire while re-attempting a biology experiment he had done school. Flatow experimented with electronics in his basement on the regular, entering many of these inventions in multiple high school science fairs.
H. Frank Carey High School gave Flatow his first TV experience when he worked as a camera man. Flatow headed off to State University of New York in Buffalo in 1967, graduating in 1971 with a degree in civil engineering. By the time Flatow received his engineering degree, his career in communications was well on its way. This career has continued for more than 35 years. Flatow aims “to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table,” and constantly works to make science more prominent in the radio, television, and internet realms. Today, Ira Flatow lives in Connecticut with his wife and their children.