Dale Dougherty

Founder and Publisher, MAKE Magazine; Creator of Maker Faire

Website: www.makezine.com

Twitter: @dalepd


"STEM gives us tools to participate in a changing world & make life-improving changes."

Dale Dougherty is the founder and publisher of MAKE magazine and the creator of Maker Faire, which leads a growing maker movement. An early Web pioneer, Dale was the developer of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial Web site launched in 1993 and sold to America Online in 1995. He coined the term Web 2.0 as part of developing the Web 2.0 Conference. Make Magazine started in 2005 followed by the first Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006. In 2010, Maker Faire was held in the Bay Area, Detroit and New York City. He was a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Information from 1997 to 2002. He was named a “Champion of Change” in 2011 by The White House.

Favorite Inventors:

I like Henry Ford. Ford isn't the inventor of the automobile but he understands more deeply than most what automobiles would mean to everybody, and he wanted to be sure that everyone could afford one. He had a keen sense that society would change as a result of this invention, just as surely as many of the inventors behind the personal computer saw it as revolution that would affect us all.

Favorite Inventions:

I like the unexpected stories behind inventions. A number of inventions fail to find a practical application and the inventor never realizes any individual success for his or her contributions. One of my favorite examples is the zipper. An electrical engineer, Gideon Sundback was the inventor of the separable fastener and a machine that made them. He proposed it as a replacement for hook-and-eye fasteners on women's boots. This new fastener never caught on in its day but it eventually found a use in clothing, acquired the name "zipper" and now almost everyone wears one.

Why Do You Think Math & Science are so AWESOME

Honestly when I was growing up, I didn't think science and math were awesome. They were difficult subjects in school and I didn't pursue them as strongly as I did English and history. I wish now that I had persevered a bit more. However, I do think what I have learned from many different sources is that science and math are ways of thinking that are useful throughout your life. In fact, you don't have to be a scientist or a mathematician to realize how math and science provide you with valuable tools for understanding and expressing a wide range of very interesting problems in almost any domain.

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