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Nationality  American
Name  Randall Munroe
Role  Cartoonist

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Born  Randall Patrick Munroe October 17, 1984 (age 31)Easton, Pennsylvania, USA (1984-10-17)
Area(s)  Pen and pencilWebcomics, Physics
Notable works  xkcd, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Thing Explainer
Education  Christopher Newport University
Awards  Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story
Nominations  Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Nonfiction
Books  What If?: Serious Scientific, Thing Explainer: Complica, Xkcd, What If? Special Sales Ser, What If? Signed Edition S
Similar People  Jeph Jacques, Jorge Cham, Bill Watterson, Zach Weiner, Ryan North

Randall munroe in conversation with will wheaton

Randall Patrick Munroe (born October 17, 1984) is an American cartoonist, author, and the creator of the webcomic xkcd. He and the webcomic have developed a large fanbase, and after leaving NASA, he became a professional webcomic artist.


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Early life

Munroe was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, the son of an engineer. He has a younger sister and brother, and was raised as a Quaker. He was a fan of comic strips in newspapers from an early age, starting off with Calvin and Hobbes. After graduating from the Chesterfield County Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill, a Renaissance Program, he graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2006 with a degree in physics.


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Munroe worked as a contract programmer and roboticist for NASA at the Langley Research Center before and after his graduation. In October 2006 NASA did not renew his contract and he moved to Boston to begin writing xkcd full-time.


Randall Munroe A Conversation With Randall Munroe the Creator of XKCD

xkcd is primarily a stick figure comic with themes in computer science, technology, mathematics, science, philosophy, language, pop culture and romance.

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Munroe had originally used xkcd as an instant messaging screenname because he wanted a name without a meaning so he would not eventually grow tired of it. He registered the domain name, but left it idle until he started posting his drawings in September 2005. The webcomic quickly became very popular, garnering up to 70 million hits a month by October 2007. Munroe has said, "I think the comic that's gotten me the most feedback is actually the one about the stoplights".

Munroe now supports himself by the sale of xkcd-related merchandise, primarily thousands of t-shirts a month. He licenses his xkcd creations under the Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial 2.5, stating that it is not just about the free culture movement, but that it also makes good business sense.

In 2010, he published a collection of the comics. He has also toured the lecture circuit, giving speeches at places such as Google's Googleplex in Mountain View, California.

The popularity of the strip among science fiction fans resulted in Munroe being nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 2011 and again in 2012. In 2014, he won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story for the xkcd strip "Time".

Other projects

Munroe is the creator of the now defunct websites "The Funniest", "The Cutest", and "The Fairest", each of which presents users with two options and asks them to choose one over the other.

In October 2008, The New Yorker magazine online published an interview and "Cartoon Off" between Munroe and Farley Katz, in which each cartoonist drew a series of four humorous cartoons.

Munroe maintains a blog titled What If?, where he answers questions sent in by fans of his comics. These questions are usually absurd in nature and related to math or physics, and he answers them using both his own knowledge and various academic sources. In 2014, he published a collection of some of the responses, as well as a few new ones and some rejected questions, in a book titled What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

In response to concerns about the radioactivity released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, and to remedy what he described as "confusing" reporting on radiation levels in the media, Munroe created a chart of comparative radiation exposure levels. The chart was rapidly adopted by print and online journalists in several countries, including being linked to by online writers for The Guardian and The New York Times. As a result of requests for permission to reprint the chart and to translate it into Japanese, Munroe placed it in the public domain, but requested that his non-expert status should be clearly stated in any reprinting.

Munroe published an xkcd-style comic on scientific publishing and open access in Science in October 2013.

Munroe's book Thing Explainer, announced in May 2015 and published late that year, explains concepts using only the 1,000 most common English words. The book's publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, saw these illustrations as potentially useful for textbooks, and announced in March 2016 that the next editions of their high school-level chemistry, biology and physics textbooks will include selected drawings and accompanying text from Thing Explainer.


In September 2013, Munroe announced that a group of xkcd readers had submitted his name as a candidate for the renaming of asteroid (4942) 1987 DU6 to 4942 Munroe. The name was accepted by the International Astronomical Union.

Personal life

As of May 2008, Munroe lived in Somerville, Massachusetts.

In October 2010, his fiancée was diagnosed with breast cancer; there had been no prior family history. The emotional effect of the illness was referenced in the comic panel "Emotion", published 18 months later in April 2012. In September 2011, he announced that they had married.

His hobbies and interests include kite photography, in which cameras are attached to kites and pictures are then taken of the ground or buildings.

Publications by Munroe

  • xkcd: volume 0. Breadpig. 2009. ISBN 978-0-61531446-4. 
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. London: John Murray. 2014. ISBN 978-1-84854957-9. 
  • Thing Explainer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2015. ISBN 978-0-54466825-6. 
  • Publications with contributions by Munroe

  • "?" by Munroe in Machine of Death. Venice, CA: Bearstache, 2010. ISBN 978-0982167120.
  • References

    Randall Munroe Wikipedia