Danny Hillis is an inventor, scientist, author and engineer. While completing his doctorate in Mathematics and Computer Science at MIT, he pioneered the concept of parallel computers that is now the basis for most supercomputers, as well as the RAID array.
He holds over 100 US patents, covering parallel computers, disk arrays, forgery prevention methods, and various electronic and mechanical devices, and has recently been working on problems in medicine as well.
He is also the designer of a 10,000-year mechanical clock, and he gave a TED Talk in 1994 that is practically prophetic.
Throughout his career, Hillis has worked at places like Disney and now Applied Minds, always looking for the next fascinating problem.