Jeffrey Epstein is a science philanthropist and financier and the financial founder of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He is President of the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation and Chairman and CEO of the Financial Trust Company in New York City and the US Virgin Islands. Mr. Epstein started his career at Bear Stearns with an educational background in physics and mathematics at the Courant Institute.
Mr. Epstein founded the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation in 2000 to fund and support cutting edge science around the world. He is one of the largest supporters of individual scientists, including theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Marvin Minsky, Seth Lloyd and Nobel Laureates Gerard ‘t Hooft, David Gross and Frank Wilczek.
More recently, Mr. Epstein has supported advances in artificial intelligence, notably the OpenCog Foundation in Hong Kong and Joscha Bach’s Micropsi work in Berlin, which have been building virtual cognitive models of the human mind.
Mr. Epstein is actively involved in the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics and regularly participates in lectures and academic events. He is also involved in the Santa Fe Institute, the Theoretical Biology Initiative at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Quantum Gravity Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He recently sat on the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard University.Mr. Epstein is a former member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York Academy of Science and a former Rockefeller University Board Member.
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