Peter Diamandis

Dr. Peter J. DiamandisDr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions, and commercial space. He is the chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight.

Today the X PRIZE leads the world in designing and operating large-scale global competitions to solve market failures. Peter Diamandis is also the co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies and their ability to transform industries and solve humanity's grand challenges.In addition, Peter Diamandis is co-founder/co-chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and mining of asteroids for precious materials. He is the also co-founder and vice chairman of Space Adventures, the only company to have brokered the launches of private citizens to the International Space Station, and co-founder and past-CEO of Zero Gravity Corporation, providing weightless parabolic flights.Peter Diamandis earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

He has won multiple awards, including the first Heinlein Laureate, the 2010 Economist 'No Boundaries' Innovator of the Year Award, the 2007 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the 2006 Lindbergh Award, the 2006 Neil Armstrong Award, and first place in the Estes rocket design contest when he was an 8th grader.

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