Dr. Peter H. Diamandis (born May 20, 1961, in New York City, New York, of Greek immigrant parents, is considered a key figure in the development of the personal spaceflight industry, having created many space-related businesses or organizations. He is the Founder and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, an educational non-profit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
His foundation is best known for offering the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private-sector manned spaceflight, a prize that was won in October 2004 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and famed aviation designer Burt Rutan with SpaceShipOne, the world's first non-government piloted spacecraft.
In addition to serving as chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, Diamandis is also the CEO and co-founder of Zero Gravity Corporation, which offers parabolic weightless flights to the general public. He is also the co-Founder and a Director of Space Adventures, Ltd, the company that has flown eight private citizens on Soyuz to the International Space Station.
Diamandis also was one of the founders of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) in 1980. SEDS currently is the world's largest entirely student run space organization in the world.
Diamandis received undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering and health, sciences and technology from MIT where he became a brother of the Theta Deuteron charge of Theta Delta Chi. He received an Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School.
Diamandis was one of the co-founders of Singularity University, an academic institution in Silicon Valley, California, that serves to train emerging innovators with the aim of tackling the great number of issues that we are faced with today.
- 1983 MIT John Asinari Award for outstanding Undergrad Life Sciences research.
- 1984 MIT William L. Stewart, Jr Award for the Founding of SEDS.
- 1985–1986 Harvard Med. School Student Research Grant American Heart Assoc.
- 1986–1987 Biomedical Research Support Grant supported by the NIH.
- 1986 Space Industrialization Fellowship presented by the Space Foundation.
- 1988 Aviation Week & Space Tech. Laurel in recognition of Founding ISU..
- 1992 Space Frontiers Foundation "Pioneers Award" Presented for cumulative work done in the commercialization and development of the space field.
- 1994 "Top-25 Young Stars of Space" award presented by the National Space Society for outstanding work done by space pioneers under the age of 40.
- "Konstantine E. Tsiolkovsky Award" presented by the Russian Government for the creation of ISU (along with T. Hawley and R. Richards).
- 2002 World Technology Award, presented by the World Technology Counsel
- 2005 Doctorate of Space Achievement (Honoris Causa) by ISU
- 2006 Robert & Virginia Heinlein Prize, for Advances in Space Commercialization
- Diamandis biography on Zero-Gravity websiteTemplate:Dead link
- X PRIZE Foundation website
- Testimony by Peter Diamandis to U.S. House
- Wired magazine: Who needs NASA?
- BBC News: X-Prize man launches rocket race
- Philanthropy: "Extraordinary Feats of an X-Man"
- Peter Diamandis talks about the X PRIZE and future of space travel (MIT Video)
- Peter Diamandis talks about the X PRIZE,Zero gravity,Rocket race league (open ssp08 lecture @ barcelona,spain) SSP08 podcast /rss feed
- TED Talks: Peter Diamandis on our next giant leap at TED in 2008
- TED Talks: Peter Diamandis on Stephen Hawking in zero g at TED in 2008
- Peter Diamandis' lecture at the Quantum to Cosmos festival at Perimeter Institute
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