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“Charles Simonyi, Software Giant Turned Space Tourist, Talks Technology and Exploration at UW”

Simonyi-UW-143x180Xconomy reports on Charles Simonyi’s kickoff of the 2009-10 UW Computer Science & Engineering Distinguished Lecturer Series.

“Simonyi, the father of Microsoft Word and Excel, and now head of Bellevue, WA-based Intentional Software, regaled the crowd of a couple hundred students, faculty, and guests with stories and videos from his second trip to space last March.  Simonyi rode a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (ISS), docked and spent some time there, and returned safely to Earth, looking none the worse for wear.  He is an outspoken proponent of space tourism, and he pointed out that Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil, is currently making his way aboard the space station as ‘the first clown in space’ (and the seventh space tourist ever).”

Read the whole article here.

UW CSE Distinguished Lecturer Series here.

On-demand video of this terrific presentation here.