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Partners

Jacques Vallee
Peter Banks
Graham Burnette

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Jacques Vallee was born in France, where he received a B.S. in mathematics at the Sorbonne and an M.S. in astrophysics at Lille University. Coming to the U.S. as a research associate at the University of Texas astronomy department, he developed the first computer-based map of Mars under a NASA project as an associate of Gérard de Vaucouleurs. He later received his Ph.D. in computer science and artificial intelligence from Northwestern University.

As a principal investigator for DARPA and for the National Science Foundation, Dr. Vallee directed the project to build the first "groupware" system on Arpanet, the predecessor network to Internet. Jacques is the author of four books about high technology, namely Computer Message Systems, published by McGraw-Hill; The Network Revolution, published by Penguin; Electronic Meetings, published by Addison-Wesley; and most recently The Heart of the Internet (Hampton Roads, 2004).

A co-founder of the EuroAmerica Fund family in 1987, Jacques has spearheaded investments in nanotechnology companies (Nanogram and Nanogram Devices), life sciences (Sangstat Medical, Accuray, Synaptic Pharmaceuticals), semiconductors (Mobilian, IPAC), software (Mercury Interactive), network infrastructure (Harmonic Lightwaves, P-Com, Com21, Class Data Systems), and optics (Triformix, NeoPhotonics). In 2003 Dr. Vallee was elected as a Trustee of the Institute for the Future. He is a member of the scientific advisory board of Bigelow Aerospace.