Gavin Wood

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Gavin Wood
Born April 1980 (age 38)
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Residence Switzerland[1]
Nationality British[1]
Education Lancaster Royal Grammar School
Alma mater University of York[1]
Known for Co-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.


  • Ethereum: A Secure Decentralised Generalised Transaction Ledger[11]
  • Polkadot: Vision for a Heterogenous Multi-Chain Framework
  • Martta: A C++ Language Workbench[12]
  • Content-based visualisation to aid common navigation of musical audio[13]
  • On Techniques for Content-based Visual Annotation to Aid Intra-track Music Navigation[14]
  • Quantitative Comparisons into Content-Based Music Recognition with the Self Organising Map[15]