He is the architect of many computer products including the PalmPilot, Visor, and Treo families of handheld computers and communicators. He co-founded Palm Computing and Handspring Inc., and is currently serving as Chief Technology Officer at PalmOne.
Mr. Hawkins earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University. Around 1980 he dedicated his career to understanding how our brains perform high-level cognitive tasks. After pursuing his ambition via an academic path he concluded that the time was not right for his theoretical approach to understanding the brain, and he returned to industry with the intent of resuming his goal some years later.
In 2002, after successful positions with Grid Systems, Palm Computing and Handspring Inc., Hawkins created the Redwood Neuroscience Institute as a place where research into cognitive theory could flourish.
His theories on the inner workings of the brain are now bearing fruit with the upcoming release of his groundbreaking new book On Intelligence, published by Henry Holt and Company. The book provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand theory describing what intelligence is and how our brains create it.
In addition to his positions at RNI and PalmOne, Mr. Hawkins is a member of the scientific board of directors at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, one of the world's leading biological research laboratories. Hawkins was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.
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