David A. Dalrymple is currently leading an independent biophysics project in San Francisco, and he is a Research Affiliate of the Synthetic Neurobiology group at the MIT Media Lab. His ambition is to build an extraordinary research center like the historical Bell Labs or Xerox PARC.
David Dalrymple was born on July 23, 1991, and homeschooled from 1994 to 2000. He took his first class at UMBC in the fall of 2000 and graduated with B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics in the spring of 2005. During this time he also spoke at TED 11, took a summer at sea, and worked with Kurzweil Technologies to create the earliest prototypes of the KNFB Reader. After he worked for a year as an independent consultant out of his parents' basement, they let him move to Cambridge, Massachusetts in June 2006 to begin graduate studies at the MIT Media Lab. (As far as any of the administrators knew, nobody as young as 14 had ever entered an MIT graduate program before.) In June 2008, David received his S.M. in Media Technology, with a thesis titled "Asynchronous Logic Automata," and began the Ph.D. program in Media Arts and Sciences as a member of the Mind Machine Project under Marvin Minsky. In the summer of 2010, David attended Singularity University at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, which inspired him to refocus from the world of computer architecture, programming language design, and artificial intelligence to the world of biophysics and neuroscience. On the advice of the faculty, in 2011, David left the Media Lab Ph.D. program at MIT for the Biophysics Ph.D. program at Harvard. In 2012, David went on leave from Harvard and signed a research grant agreement with the Thiel Foundation to pursue his research goals in an independent context, known as Project Nemaload. He will soon be announcing the Laboratorium and Mesh projects.
This page last updated September 2013