W. Daniel Hillis
Born: September 9, 1956
Nationality: United States of America
Occupation: writer,engineer,computer scientist,entrepreneur,inventor
Biography: William Daniel "Danny" Hillis (born September 25, 1956) is an American inventor, entrepreneur, scientist, and writer who is particularly known for his work in computer science. He is best known as the founder of Thinking Machines Corporation, a parallel supercomputer manufacturer, and subsequently was a fellow at Walt Disney Imagineering. More recently, Hillis co-founded Applied Minds, the technology R&D think-tank.Currently, he is co-founder of Applied Invention, an interdisciplinary group of engineers, scientists, and artists that develops technology solutions in partnership with leading companies and entrepreneurs.Hillis is Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab, Judge Widney Professor of Engineering and Medicine at the University of Southern California, Professor of Research Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Research Professor of Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He is the Principal Investigator of the National Cancer Institutes's Physical Sciences in Oncology Laboratory at USC.