Gavin Wood

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Gavin Wood
BornApril 1980 (age 39)
EducationLancaster Royal Grammar School
Alma materUniversity of York[1]
Known forCo-founder and former CTO of Ethereum; CTO and Chairman of Parity Technologies; author of the Polkadot paper

Gavin James Wood (born April 1980) is a British programmer who is a co-founder and former CTO of Ethereum.[2][3][4][5] In August 2014 he proposed Solidity, a contract-oriented programming language for writing smart contracts.[6] He is the founder and former[7] CTO and Chairman of Parity Technologies who released the Parity Bitcoin technology stack.[8] He also authored the Polkadot paper.[9]

He was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, graduated from the University of York with a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Systems and Software Engineering in 2002, and completed his PhD in Computer Science at York in 2005, with a thesis entitled "Content-based visualisation to aid common navigation of musical audio".[10] The thesis directly lead to the Moodbar, a static music visualisation used in several prominent music applications on the Linux desktop.


  1. ^ a b c "British coder revealed as brains behind bitcoin rival". The Times. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  2. ^ "The future of Blockchain infrastructure, with Gavin Wood and Jutta Steiner at Disrupt Berlin". TechCrunch. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Ethereum: the competitor to Bitcoin which could transform entire industries". New Statesman. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Bitcoin Finds a Home in Cash-Loving Germany". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Ethereum Hard Fork Completes, Pushes Ether Price Up". MSN Money. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  6. ^ Benoit Schweblin. "StackEdit Viewer".
  7. ^ "Parity Technologies new CTO". 6 August 2018.
  8. ^ Allison, Ian (28 April 2017). "Ethereum co-founder Dr Gavin Wood and company release Parity Bitcoin". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  9. ^ Wood, G. (2016). Polkadot: Vision for a heterogeneous multi-chain framework. White Paper.
  10. ^ "Content-based visualisation to aid common navigation of musical audio". British Library EThOS. Retrieved 6 January 2018.