Joël de Rosnay
Joël de Rosnay (born 12 June 1937), Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a Mauritian-born French futurist, science writer, and molecular biologist. He is famous for pioneering surfing in France in 1957.
Former research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of biology and computer graphics, he was successively science attaché to the French Embassy in the United States, and Scientific Director of European Enterprises Development Company (a venture capital group) from 1971 to 1975. From 1975 to 1985 he was Director of Research Applications at l'Institut Pasteur (the Pasteur Institute in Paris). Until 2002, he was Director of Forecasting and Assessment at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris, where he remains a special adviser. He is President of Biotics International, a consulting company specialized in the impact of new technologies on industries.
De Rosnay has written many books and essays on molecular biology, the sciences of complexity, emerging information technology, and their implications for the future evolution of humanity. Most of these are listed on his webpage, "Crossroads to the future". He was one of the first to understand the role of the Internet in promoting the emergence of a global brain. Some of his books, such as The Macroscope and The Symbiotic Man (ISBN 0071357440), have been translated into English. He regularly appears on French TV and is interviewed by the media as a specialist in explaining complex new scientific developments to a lay audience.