The Founders

Dennis Ausiello

Dennis Ausiello

David Edwards

David Edwards

Robert Langer

Robert Langer

The World Frontiers Forum was founded by Dennis Ausiello (Harvard Medical School/MGH), David Edwards (Harvard, ArtScience), and Robert Langer (MIT).  Founding sponsors include Verily (an Alphabet company), The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, VIA Art Fund, the Wyss Institute, Brian Cohen & Carol Suchman, Brightstar Capital Partners, BIGHEART (Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research and Technology), NUS and the Avesta Group.  Founding Seed Sponsors include Polaris Founders Fund, Area9 Group, Piaggio Fast Forward, the Aksenov Family Foundation, Hearst Business Media and Le Laboratoire sponsors Cindy & Jonn Reed, Harvard SEAS and GSD, Northstar Advisors, Biomed Realty, and Ipsen, with a special thanks to the Rolex Institute.  The Forum is run by Le Laboratoire, which oversees the culture center and cafe ArtScience, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The Science Pioneers

Cady Coleman  Space.  Cady is former NASA astronaut, and the first flutist to play in space.

Cady Coleman  Space.  Cady is former NASA astronaut, and the first flutist to play in space.

Jim Collins  Bioengineering.  Jim pioneered a new field of synthetic biology by combining science and engineering to construct biological circuits that can program organisms like we program computers.

Jim Collins  Bioengineering.  Jim pioneered a new field of synthetic biology by combining science and engineering to construct biological circuits that can program organisms like we program computers.

Temple Grandin  Human Potential.  Temple is a professor at Colorado State University, and world-renowned autism spokesperson.

Temple Grandin  Human Potential.  Temple is a professor at Colorado State University, and world-renowned autism spokesperson.

Danny Hillis  Artificial Intelligence.  Danny is professor of parallel computing, inventor of mass innovations, and visionary of The Clock of the Long Now.

Danny Hillis  Artificial Intelligence.  Danny is professor of parallel computing, inventor of mass innovations, and visionary of The Clock of the Long Now.

Susan Hockfield  Biology.  Susan is Emeritus President of MIT and pioneer of monoclonal antibody technology and convergence. 

Susan Hockfield  Biology.  Susan is Emeritus President of MIT and pioneer of monoclonal antibody technology and convergence. 

Robert Langer  Bioengineering.  Bob is the most cited engineer in history, a professor at MIT and a pioneer of drug delivery.

Robert Langer  Bioengineering.  Bob is the most cited engineer in history, a professor at MIT and a pioneer of drug delivery.

Cato Laurencin  Medicine.  Cato is a scientist, surgeon, and first member of science, engineering and medicine academies across the developing world and USA.

Cato Laurencin  Medicine.  Cato is a scientist, surgeon, and first member of science, engineering and medicine academies across the developing world and USA.

Hans Christian Öttinger  Physics.  Hans Christian is a professor at ETH Zurich and author of a new thermodynamic approach to quantum field theory.

Hans Christian Öttinger  Physics.  Hans Christian is a professor at ETH Zurich and author of a new thermodynamic approach to quantum field theory.

Dan Schrag  Environment.  Dan is professor at Harvard University, pioneer of climate research, and leader of efforts to mitigate climate change.

Dan Schrag  Environment.  Dan is professor at Harvard University, pioneer of climate research, and leader of efforts to mitigate climate change.

 

THE ART & DESIGN PIONEERS

Doug Aitken  Art. Doug is an artist based in LA, internationally renowned for his works of memory, narrative, and fast-paced urban life.

Doug Aitken  Art. Doug is an artist based in LA, internationally renowned for his works of memory, narrative, and fast-paced urban life.

Lynn Chang  Music.  Lynn is a renowned violinist and educator.

Lynn Chang  Music.  Lynn is a renowned violinist and educator.

Ulrik Juul Christensen.  Education.  Ulrik is founder of the new generation of adaptive learning programs used by millions of students, physicians and other professionals.

Ulrik Juul Christensen.  Education.  Ulrik is founder of the new generation of adaptive learning programs used by millions of students, physicians and other professionals.

Bjarke Ingels.  Architecture.  Bjarke is a Danish architect renowned for his humane urban designs.

Bjarke Ingels.  Architecture.  Bjarke is a Danish architect renowned for his humane urban designs.

Joi Ito.  Design.  Joi is the director of the MIT Media Lab and pioneering the exploration of indigenous culture toward the design of future society resilience. 

Joi Ito.  Design.  Joi is the director of the MIT Media Lab and pioneering the exploration of indigenous culture toward the design of future society resilience. 

Sam Kass  Food.  Sam is a food entrepreneur and the former chef of the Obama White House.

Sam Kass  Food.  Sam is a food entrepreneur and the former chef of the Obama White House.

David Michalek. Art. David is an artist who takes the concept and techniques of portraiture as the starting points for the creation of his works.

David Michalek. Art. David is an artist who takes the concept and techniques of portraiture as the starting points for the creation of his works.

Nathan Myhrvold  Food.  Nathan formerly Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, is co-founder of Intellectual Ventures and the principal author of Modernist Cuisine.

Nathan Myhrvold  Food.  Nathan formerly Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, is co-founder of Intellectual Ventures and the principal author of Modernist Cuisine.

Jeffrey Schnapp.  Transporation.  Jeffrey is a pioneer of the digital humanities and founding CEO of Piaggio Fast Forward.

Jeffrey Schnapp.  Transporation.  Jeffrey is a pioneer of the digital humanities and founding CEO of Piaggio Fast Forward.

Wendy Whelan  Dance.  Wendy is a world renowned dancer from the New York City ballet.

Wendy Whelan  Dance.  Wendy is a world renowned dancer from the New York City ballet.

Lisa Wong  Music.  Lisa a musician and pioneer of arts in medicine.

Lisa Wong  Music.  Lisa a musician and pioneer of arts in medicine.

 

 

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with special thanks to the Rolex Institute

 
 
 
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