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Chairman, Gilder Publishing, LLC;
Editor-in-Chief, Gilder Technology Report
George Gilder is Chairman
of Gilder Publishing LLC, located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He is
also a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute where he directs Discovery's program
on high technology and public policy.
Born in 1939 in New York City, Mr. Gilder attended Exeter Academy and Harvard
University. At Harvard, he studied under Henry Kissinger and helped found Advance
, a journal of political thought, which he edited and helped to re-establish
in Washington, DC after his graduation in 1962. During this period he co-authored
(with Bruce Chapman) a political history, The Party That Lost Its Head. He later
returned to Harvard as a fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Politics and editor
of the Ripon Forum . In the 1960s Mr. Gilder also served as a speech writer
for several prominent official and candidates, including Nelson Rockefeller,
George Romney, and Richard Nixon.
In the 1970s, as an independent researcher and writer, Mr. Gilder began an excursion
into the causes of poverty, which resulted in his books Men and Marriage (original
version 1972) and Visible Man (1978); and hence, of wealth, which led to his
best-selling Wealth and Poverty (1981). Mr. Gilder pioneered the formulation
of supply-side economics when he served as Chairman of the Lehrman Institute's
Economic Roundtable, as Program Director for the Manhattan Institute, and as
a frequent contributor to A.B. Laffer's economic reports and the editorial page
of The Wall Street Journal . In the 1980s he also consulted leaders of America's
high technology businesses. According to a recent study of speeches, Mr. Gilder
was President Reagan's most frequently quoted living author. In 1986, President
Reagan gave George Gilder the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
In 1996 he was made a Fellow of the International Engineering Consortium.
The investigation into wealth creation led Mr. Gilder into deeper examination
of the lives of present-day entrepreneurs, culminating in many articles and
a book, The Spirit of Enterprise (1986). The book was revised and republished
in 1992. That many of the most interesting current entrepreneurs were to be
found in high technology fields also led Mr. Gilder, over several years, to
examine this subject in depth. In his best-selling work, Microcosm (1989), he
explored the quantum roots of the new electronic technologies. A subsequent
book, Life After Television , published first as a Whittle Communications monograph
and then published by W.W. Norton (1992), and updated and republished in 1994,
is a prophecy of the future of computers and telecommunications. This book is
a prelude to his latest book on the future of telecommunications, Telecosm (2000).
Mr. Gilder is a contributing editor of Forbes magazine and a frequent writer
for The Economist , the Harvard Business Review ,The Wall Street Journal , and
other publications. Over the past several years, he has dismissed many of the
most touted new technologiesfrom HDTV and interactive television to 3DO
game machines and CD-I multimedia, from TDMA wireless and Nextel cellular compression
to pervasive ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) networks. Embraced instead: All-optical
networks, smart radios, Qualcomm digital wireless, Stratacom frame relay, mediaprocessors,
Netscape browsers, and Sun's Java programming language.
George Gilder lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Mountains,
where he is an active churchman, sometime runner, and with his wife Nini, parent
of four children.