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05-11-1998

Cyberspace Guru Daughter And Physicist Father To Receive Honorary Clarkson University Degrees

[A JPEG image of the Dysons receiving their degrees will be available on May 17 at 3:00 p.m. EDT at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/dysons.jpg]

Potsdam, N.Y. – Cyberspace visionary and author Esther Dyson of New York, N.Y., and her father, physicist and author Freeman J. Dyson of Princeton, N.J., will receive honorary doctor of science degrees and speak at Clarkson University's commencement on Sunday, May 17.dysons

Esther Dyson, a native of Princeton, is chairman of EDventure Holdings and author of the recently published Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age. Freeman Dyson is a distinguished scientist, futurist and author of many books, including Disturbing the Universe.

Esther and Freeman are the first father-daughter duo to receive Clarkson University degrees, said Clarkson President Denny Brown. "As Clarkson is a high-tech university with a strong emphasis on the sciences, the Dysons are perfect recipients for our degrees. Our students look forward to listening to them speak at commencement."

Esther Dyson's degree is being conferred for "her visionary leadership in shaping the emergent world of cyberspace, and for her pioneering entrepreneurial initiatives to stimulate and develop the enterprise of information technology on a broad global scale." Freeman Dyson will receive his for "his profound scientific insights, for championing the ethical and humane application of technology, and for helping to demystify science while broadening its beneficial impacts in the service of humankind."

Esther Dyson's EDventure Holdings is focused on emerging information technology worldwide, especially the emerging computer markets of Central and Eastern Europe. It publishes the newsletterRelease 1.0, sponsors two high-profile annual conferences, and manages a venture capital fund dedicated to active investment in software and information start-ups in Central Europe, including Russia.

Recognized as a computer industry visionary, Dyson is on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and published Release 2.0 to help "designers" of cyberspace think analytically and responsiblyabout the world they are creating. Dyson was included in a feature on Silicon Valley's 100 most influential people in the San Jose Mercury's Sunday magazine and is listed as one of the 25 most influential people in Russia's computer industry.

Freeman Dyson is renowned in science circles for his brilliant research and scientific insight, his extraordinary imagination and populist ethics. In his career as a distinguished scientist, futurist, and author, Dyson has been widely recognized as a champion for the ethical and humane application of technology as a harmonizing force on society and culture. Although best known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, his professional reach extends far beyond the academic community. His popular books include Disturbing the Universe, Infinite in All Directions, and Imagined Worlds.

Clarkson University is located in northern New York and has graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Science.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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