Known as the Grandfather of VR, Dr. Tom Furness has dedicated his life to building interfaces between humans and machines, unlocking human intelligence, and facilitating the connection of minds. This pioneering work has paved the way for the invention and advancement of virtual and augmented reality as we know them today. Alongside his numerous inventions, his students and colleagues have successfully launched over 25 companies focused on the VR/AR industry . Driven by an unwavering fascination with the interaction of light and matter, he has delved into the exploration of how light can be utilized not only to communicate information to our senses, but also to delve into the depths of our bodies, assessing health and overall well-being. Throughout his journey, he has had the privilege of collaborating with an array of remarkable individuals, including students and colleagues who have evolved into cherished friends.
Approaching life with unbridled excitement, he is filled with anticipation for the future, eagerly desiring to inspire the younger generation to make a positive impact and create a better world. Recently, he celebrated a momentous milestone, his 80th birthday, marking a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishments and a relentless pursuit of innovation.