Jaron Lanier

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Jaron Zepel Lanier (, born May 3, 1960) is an American computer scientist, visual artist, computer philosophy writer, technologist, futurist, and composer of contemporary classical music. Considered a founder of the field of virtual reality, Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left Atari in 1985 to found VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell VR goggles and wired gloves. In the late 1990s, Lanier worked on applications for Internet2, and in the 2000s, he was a visiting scholar at Silicon Graphics and various universities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jaron Lanier has received more than 1,531,914 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Jaron Lanier is the 122nd most popular computer scientist (down from 109th in 2019), the 7,494th most popular biography from United States (down from 6,027th in 2019) and the 73rd most popular American Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Jaron Lanier ranks 122 out of 205Before him are Michael Dertouzos, Steve Russell, Randy Pausch, Scott Fahlman, Kathleen Antonelli, and Radia Perlman. After him are Marlyn Meltzer, Michael Stonebraker, Charles P. Thacker, Bill Moggridge, Robert Tarjan, and Adele Goldberg.

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Among people born in 1960, Jaron Lanier ranks 261Before him are Nils Petter Molvær, Moreno Argentin, Simon Gallup, Almudena Grandes, Leland Orser, and Callum Keith Rennie. After him are Craig Sheffer, Steven Rooks, Erin Moran, Fadil Vokrri, Steve Clark, and Neal Morse.

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Among people born in United States, Jaron Lanier ranks 7,494 out of 15,968Before him are David Frankel (1959), Barton MacLane (1902), Brenda Bakke (1963), Kathryn D. Sullivan (1951), Mary Alden (1883), and Benjamin Banneker (1731). After him are Craig Sheffer (1960), Wyomia Tyus (1945), George Bancroft (1800), Karl Struss (1886), Art Babbitt (1907), and Jason Williams (1975).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Jaron Lanier ranks 73Before him are John Hopcroft (1939), John L. Hennessy (1952), Steve Russell (1937), Randy Pausch (1960), Scott Fahlman (1948), and Radia Perlman (1951). After him are Marlyn Meltzer (1922), Michael Stonebraker (1943), Charles P. Thacker (1943), Robert Tarjan (1948), Adele Goldberg (1945), and Andy Rubin (1963).