Bill's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Poor, Lazy Overachievers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Knoxville, TN

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 7

BILL BASS

Forensic Anthropologist

“I see it as a challenge – do I have the ability to figure out who that individual is and what happened to them?”

INTERESTS:

Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Passion Success Self-Reflection Family Education Chance Pride Money & Financial Security Culture

TAGS:

autopsy, bones, certainty, challenge, cold case, college, death, dissertation, DNA, epiphany, intellectual, military, mourning, murder, only child, osteology, parents, technology, thesis, time

BIOGRAPHY:

As founder of the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Bill Bass is involved in research related to determining the length of time since death in humans. In graduate school, Bill was invited to look at the remains of a woman who had been killed and burned in a truck accident, and right then he knew without a doubt the profession to which he wanted to devote his life. In his line of work, Bill is a forerunner in the study of human decomposition. He assists in solving forensic cases with the Tennessee State Forensic Anthropologist and is active in consultations and lectures across the country.

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