David E. Shaw

Computer Scientist
Born Mar 29, 1951

David Elliot Shaw is an American computer scientist and computational biochemist who founded D. E. Shaw & Co. , a hedge fund company which was once described by Fortune magazine as "the most intriguing and mysterious force on Wall Street. " A former faculty member in the computer science department at Columbia University, Shaw made his fortune exploiting inefficiencies in financial markets with the help of state-of-the-art high speed computer networks.… Read More

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1951 Birth Born on March 29, 1951.


1980 29 Years Old Shaw received a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the University of California, San Diego and obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980, then became a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. … Read More


1986 35 Years Old In 1986, he joined Morgan Stanley, as vice president for technology in Nunzio Tartaglia's automated proprietary trading group.
1988 37 Years Old In 1988 he started his own hedge fund, "D. E. Shaw & Co.", which employed proprietary algorithms for securities trading.


1994 43 Years Old In 1994, Shaw was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, where he was chairman of the Panel on Educational Technology.
2000 49 Years Old In 2000, he was elected to the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science served as its treasurer 2000-2010.


2007 56 Years Old In 2007, Shaw was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
2008 57 Years Old In 2008, Forbes estimated his wealth to $2.5 billion.
2009 58 Years Old In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama again to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. … Read More
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