David Dalrymple (computer scientist)

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David Dalrymple (born 23-July-1991) is an American computer science graduate student in the Harvard Biophysics PhD program studying worm Caenorhabditis elegans neurobiology and advanced microscopy.[1] At age eight, he was invited by Neil Gershenfeld to a White House event to demonstrate a device he had built using Lego Mindstorms.[2] At age nine, he joined Ray Kurzweil as a speaker at TED, and at age 14, he was the youngest person ever to enroll in an MIT graduate program.[3] In 2005, he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics at age 13 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.[4] He received a Master of Science degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab with a 5.0 GPA at age 16[5] and was a student at Singularity University in 2010.[3]

He has worked at MIT Media Lab Center for Bits and Atoms, Cambridge, MA, USA on new programming paradigms such as "Reconfigurable asynchronous logic automata: (RALA)".[6] On November 30, 2011, he lectured in Marvin Minsky's MIT class 6.868 (Society of Mind) on the topic of "Mind vs. Brain: Confessions of a Defector".[7] [8] Early entrepreneurial efforts included selling photography and fractal art, fundraising for multiple sclerosis charity, and portable camera-like devices to “read” street signs and menus aloud into headphones (to assist visually impaired individuals).[5] He has written essays for Edge.org every year since 2007.[9] In 2012, he obtained a research grant from the Thiel Foundation to establish new approaches to brain analysis and control.[1][10] He works for Twitter as an engineer as of May, 2014.


  1. ^ a b "Davidad biography". Jan 2013. 
  2. ^ Tekla S. Perry (1 Jun 2008). "Ray Kurzweil and Neil Gershenfeld: Two Paths to the Singularity". IEEE Spectrum. 
  3. ^ a b Nicola Jones (15 September 2010). "Education: Ten weeks to save the world". Nature 467: 266–268. doi:10.1038/467266a. 
  4. ^ "Stories From The Class of 2005: Undergraduate Students". 
  5. ^ a b "Nestle Very Best in Youth Winner 2009 - David Dalrymple". 
  6. ^ Neil Gershenfeld, David Dalrymple, Kailiang Chen, Ara Knaian, Forrest Green, Erik D. Demaine, Scott Greenwald, Peter Schmidt-Nielsen. "Principles of Programming Languages: Reconfigurable asynchronous logic automata". POPL '10 Proceedings of the 37th annual ACM SIGPLAN-SIGACT symposium on Principles of programming languages. 
  7. ^ "MIT class 6.868 (Society of Mind) "Mind vs. Brain: Confessions of a Defector"". 
  8. ^ "David Dalrymple, 21-yr-old double PhD drop-out; simulator of worms (Personal biography)". 
  9. ^ David Darylmple. "Edge essays". 
  10. ^ ""Nemaload" at Humanity+ meeting in San Francisco". 2012.