A showman, amateur scientific historian, and Maker savant, Daniel G. Benes has been called a “modern Thomas Edison” so many times he finally turned into one! Daniel is a passionate collector of antique scientific, radio, electrical, and medical devices. Some of his collection has been on display in museums, including an Edison museum in Chicago. His antique science and technology exhibits, Fun with Physics classes, and live science shows and presentations as Thomas Alva Edison have been featured on stage, in schools, museums, the Austin Mini Maker Faire, IQuest Austin, Austin Tinkering School, 2013 Weird West Fest in Giddings, Lee County Youth Center, 2014 SXSW CREATE, and Austin Mini Maker Faire’s “Meet the Maker” series in conjunction with Austin Public Library, and more! He has been featured twice on the radio at KOOP 91.7 FM (Austin), in Texas Monthly, the New York Times, and on KVUE TV.
Daniel is also an award-winning music composer and contemporary Native American Flute recording artist and performer. It is Daniel’s music (a version of Brahms Lullaby) that plays throughout St. David’s Hospital in Georgetown every time a child is born. He has worked in Aerospace as a cockpit avionics and gyroscope technician, and is a school-trained, award winning audio, MIDI, recording, and mix engineer. Daniel is also an award-winning (published) photographer (including freelanced work with Texas Parks & Wildlife). Daniel has worked in live Radio twice in the Austin market; as host and producer of his own afternoon show in the 90′s at KNLE 88.1 FM, and as producer and broadcast board operator of the morning show in 2011-12 at KFMK Spirit 105.9 FM. Daniel has produced and mixed live radio performances and interviews for Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Cynthia Clawson, White Heart, MercyMe, Third Day, Randy Phillips (Phillips, Craig and Dean), Brit Nicole, Chet Garner (PBS’s Daytripper), and more.
Besides science and music, Daniel is a primitive survival/bushcraft skills aficionado and instructor, and has competed in the Archeolympics Primitive Skills Competition sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife. He currently works for a company that markets sound suppressors for weapons, for law enforcement, military, and consumers, and is a part-time science,
technology, and outdoor survival instructor at IQuest Global Enrichment Center in Austin (K–12). Daniel was recently a featured guest speaker at the 2014 Austin Mini Maker Faire. He also taught a Summer 2014 Outdoor Survival Skills camp for youth called “Survivor IQuest”, and a week-long NASA Mission Control/International Space Station space camp for youth. This will be Daniel’s second year at Weird West Fest!
It’s been said that if you were to lay Daniel’s interests and experiences end-to-end, they would equal more years than he’s been alive. And THAT’s something only science can explain!