Jeff Hawkins, Entrepreneur and Inventor, Joins Secular Coalition for America Advisory Board

The man who introduced the world to handheld computing is now lending his considerable talents toward advancing the interests of Secular Americans and the separation of church and state. Jeff Hawkins, serial entrepreneur and inventor of the PalmPilot, has joined the advisory board of the Secular Coalition for America.

"The separation of church and state, a cornerstone of our government, is one of the main reasons the United States has led the world in science, technology, and personal freedom," said Hawkins. "The Secular Coalition for America is the leading organization working to maintain those freedoms and advocating for the rights of Secular Americans. I am happy to help them in this important task."

Hawkins pioneered the handheld computing technology we take for granted today, inventing the PalmPilot and the Treo smartphone. Hawkins now has devoted himself to neuroscience. He is co-author of On Intelligence, which explains his theory of the neocortex, as well as founder of the Redwood Neuroscience Institute (now the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at U.C. Berkeley).

"We are proud to welcome someone of Jeff Hawkins' caliber to the Secular Coalition for America Advisory Board," said Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "Jeff Hawkins has deep expertise in business and science, and has played a transformational role in the world of technology. Jeff is a visionary leader, both in Silicon Valley and in the field of neuroscience. His intellect, imagination and tremendous skill at strategic thinking are now poised to help return America to our secular roots."

Woody Kaplan, chair of the Secular Coalition for America Advisory Board, said, "Jeff Hawkins is the kind of leader who can help elevate Secular Americans to our proper place in American politics and society."

The Secular Coalition for America is the national advocacy organization promoting the separation of church and state and representing the interests of Secular Americans -- atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheists -- in national policy. The current members of the Secular Coalition for America Advisory Board are: Robert Boston, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Bruce Flamm, Sam Harris, Jeff Hawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Susan Jacoby, Wendy Kaminer, Michael Newdow, Massimo Pigliucci, Steven Pinker, Salman Rushdie, Ellery Schempp, Todd Stiefel, and Julia Sweeney.  

Brief Biography of Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins is co-founder of two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, and the principle inventor of such seminal devices as the PalmPilot and the Treo smartphone. Jeff also has a deep interest in theories of the neocortex. In 2002 he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute (RNI), a non-profit scientific institute focused on how the human neocortex processes information. In 2004 he published a book, On Intelligence, which details a theory on how the neocortex works. In 2005, Hawkins co-founded Numenta to develop a technology platform derived from this theory. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

For Immediate Release: June 21, 2010
Contact:
Paul Fidalgo - 202-299-1091 / paul(at)secular.org

 

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