Title: Visiting Full Professor
Company: Stanford University
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
W. Steve Mann, Visiting Full Professor at Stanford University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of wearable technology.
Regarded as the “Father of Wearable Computing,” Dr. Mann was interested in seeing things on top of the real world from a young age. As a boy, his grandfather taught him how to weld, and Dr. Mann started attempting to build pairs of glasses in order to help others see more clearly. He experimented with using an old television in order to see radio waves and built what many regard as the world’s first wearable computer in 1974, when he was only 12 years old. Dr. Mann earned a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997, and was named an honoree of the Wearable Computing Association in 2017. Currently, he is a visiting full professor at Stanford University.
Most famously, Dr. Mann is known for his work in the invention of his High Dynamic Range imaging (HDR) method, which is used in most cameras today. HDR is the technology by which cameras are able to create a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard photographic techniques. It creates images with a range of luminosity in line with that which is perceived by the human visual system. Dr. Mann also invented the “eye tap system,” a device that effectively works to coordinate with the eye and brain. He stresses the importance of focusing on the fundamental building blocks of science first—mathematics and physics must come first. In his spare time, Dr. Mann enjoys building amplifiers and underwater musical instruments. As a testament to his influence, stature, and success, he was featured in the 71st edition of Who’s Who in America.
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