Demis Hassabis is the Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading AI research company, producing groundbreaking research such as developing AlphaGo, the first program to beat a world champion at the complex game of Go, and AlphaFold, which was heralded as a solution to the 50-year grand challenge of protein structure prediction.
A chess and programming prodigy, Demis coded the classic simulation game Theme Park aged 17. After graduating from Cambridge University in computer science, he founded pioneering videogames company Elixir Studios, and completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at University College London. Science listed his neuroscience research on imagination as one of 2007’s top ten breakthroughs.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2017 he featured in the Time 100 list of most influential people, and in 2018 he was awarded a CBE.