Michael Hawley

Updated: 12/01/2019 by Computer Hope
Michael Hawley

Name: Michael Hawley

Born: November 18, 1961, in Camp Pendleton, California, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • Educator, artist, and researcher working in the field of Digital media.
  • Founder of several research programs and projects including MIT's GO Expeditions program, Things That Think, Toys of Tomorrow, and Friendly Planet.
  • Notably was the scientific director of the American expedition on Mount Everest in 1998, one of the first major scientific expeditions on Everest. Hawley's work was featured in major media, such as National Geographic, Time, the New York Times, and on numerous television networks.

Significant publications

  • Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom (2003).
  • Counter Intelligence (2001).
  • Toys of Tomorrow (2002).
  • Things That Think (2000).

Honors and awards

  • Tetelman Fellow.
  • Van Cliburn competition for amateur pianists, first prize (2002).
  • Kilby International Award.


"Sought to creatively stretch digital infrastructures, embedding intelligence into all sorts of artifacts and advancing the web of communications."