GeoSpock™ founder and CEO Steve Marsh (aged 27) makes it into the European elite, according to US media influencer Forbes.
Dr Marsh figures in the Science and Healthcare ratings along with another Cambridge threesome from SimPrints who were announced in the category for Social Entrepreneurship.
Steve launched GeoSpock from his dormitory while reading for his PhD at Cambridge University’s world-famous Computer Lab where he was developing a real-time, extreme-scale super computer for simulating human brain function. He was the first (and only) person from his high school ever to earn a PhD.
In 2013 Steve teamed up with Dr Darrin Disley, a parallel entrepreneur, to co-found GeoSpock with the aim of creating an "extreme data" search engine for the rapidly-changing, multi-dimensional, physical world.
Every one of the accomplished leaders on this year’s 30 Under 30 list was personally vetted by a blue-ribbon panel of experts in their fields, including:
- Steven Salzberg, Professor, Jonhs Hopkins University -- Salzberg is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University. He was also part of the Human Genome Project, the co-founder of the influenza virus sequencing project and is a Forbes.com contributor.
- Hans Lehrach, Director, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genomics -- Lehrach is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genomics in Berlin. One of Germany’s top molecular biologists, Lehrach was among the first scientists to work in positional cloning and has been involved in several genome-sequencing projects. His current research focuses on precision medicine.
- Alvaro Sanchez, Professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona -- Sanchez uses superconductors to steer and isolate magnetic fields in novel ways. A theorist who is not afraid of getting his hands dirty, he used very basic equipment to build the magnetic equivalent of copper wire and fibre-optic cable. He is also an expert in magnetic levitation, having helped engineers get several maglev trains (literally) off the ground.
Emily Willingham writes on Forbes:
"The concept of a 30 Under 30 list for anything, but especially science, draws criticism about arbitrary age cutoffs and the limitations that a rigid academic system places on doing anything by age 30. These critiques are legitimate. But as I reviewed the recipients of the first-ever Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe recognition in Science and Healthcare, I experienced a feeling that doesn’t overwhelm me often in these rocky times: a new hope.
I find it inspiring to see what these young people are doing, where technology, science and healthcare might be going even in my lifetime and certainly in theirs, and the spirit of risk-taking, ingenuity, and digging into hard work that led them to be on this list. Their ideas and research are exploding onto the world stage for everyone to see, for everyone to watch. It’s a pleasure to have a front-row seat.
Big themes in this group include an emphasis on energy and environmental problems we face. A striking percentage of the people on this list look to Elon Musk as a dream mentor, but others listed Angela Merkel and Melinda Gates, and the now inaccessible Albert Einstein and Marie Curie also made some wishlists. Some honorees are night owls, some are early birds, and some are both.
Almost all credited a family member or other close loved one as being the most influential person in their lives. Many cited their iPhones as their must-have gadgets, one mentioned a surfboard, but some simply responded, “none.” And when asked whether the “millennial mindset” was more change agent, creator, consumer, or curator, the results were about even for each. Here’s a sampling of the creators, consumers, and curators from the first Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe, Science and Healthcare list.
So lift a glass of your drink of choice to these forward-moving scientists and entrepreneurs, who represent just a sampling of the 30 Under 30 Europe Science and Healthcare list. To read about each and every one of those named to the list and what they’re doing about water, oceans, intractably antibiotic resistant bacteria, and other modern ills ... go to the list landing page."
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