Paul Zaloom is best known for his eccentric character, scientist "Beakman," on the educational television show Beakman's World, where he performed demonstrations and experiments in order to teach scientific concepts, mostly related to electricity and density.

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Created by Jok Church, Beakman's World ran from 1992 to 1998 and was seen in more than 90 countries around the world. We simply loved learning with the wonderful Paul Zaloom! Let's find out what he's up to today.

Paul Zaloom in Mexico City, 2014

Beakman's World star Paul Zaloom today

Although Beakman's World ended a few years ago, Paul Zaloom's career has not stopped! It is true that he doesn't appear on television that often now, but he has performed his work at many types of venues, mostly across the United States.

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Not only does Paul Zaloom know A LOT about science and chemistry, in fact he is also a puppeteer. He has taught puppetry and cantastoria (the art of singing or telling a story while gesturing to a series of images), at different universities and colleges not only in America but also in Europe.

Paul Zaloom during the inauguration of the Campus Party in Guadalajara, state of Jalisco, Mexico, 2017

Quick facts about Paul Zaloom aka "Beakman"

  • He is openly gay and has a daughter named Amanda
  • Paul Zaloom is of Syrian descent
  • Through his puppet characters he often addresses social issues like poverty, terrorism, and discrimination based on sexual preferences
  • He was born on December 14, 1951 in Garden City, New York
  • Zaloom has received a Village Voice Obie Award, and an American Theater Wing Design Award