Theodore Gray

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Theodore W. "Theo" Gray is a co-founder of Wolfram Research, advisor of Newton, science author, and co-founder of app developer Touch Press.


Theodore Gray was educated at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School. He would later graduate with a B.S. in chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1986.


In 1987, Gray left a PhD program in theoretical chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley to work with Stephen Wolfram. In that same year, he co-founded Wolfram Research.

After amassing thousands of samples of elements, he assembled them into a four-legged physical table representing the periodic table. The finished table was awarded the 2011 ACS Grady Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, as well as the 2002 Ig Nobel Award for Chemistry.

For many years, Gray wrote a regular column for Popular Science entitled "Gray Matter."Gray Matter, Popular Science.

In 2010, Gray founded Touch Press together with Max Whitby, John Cromie and Stephen Wolfram shortly after the announcement of the launch of the iPad.

He has also developed a range of acrylic "Mechanical Gifs" to show "how common and uncommon machines, mechanisms, gadgets, and devices work."

Throughout his career, Gray has been an advocate for a broader engagement between the scientific community and the public at large.


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