Jack Bacon has often been called "A New Carl Sagan." He is an internationally-known motivational speaker, a distinguished lecturer (emeritus) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and one of the most requested speakers in the world for topics concerning technology and the factors that shape human society. A noted futurist and a technological historian, he has written three popular books entitled My Grandfathers' Clock, My Stepdaughter's Watch, and The Parallel Bang, with many thousands of copies sold of each. A fourth: Killer Apps for the Green Global Village is in the works. His lectures have captivated tens of thousands of all ages in thirty-eight countries on six continents, and he has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts.
A graduate of Caltech (B.S. '76) and the University of Rochester (Ph.D. '84) his extensive career includes roles in the development of many cutting edge topics, including controlled thermonuclear fusion, the development of the electronic office, factory automation, the human conquest of space, third world agricultural enhancements, and the globalization of business. He pioneered the deployment of several artificial intelligence systems, learning his craft at the famed Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
Jack is a fellow of the Explorer's Club, a member of the AIAA, the National Speakers Association, the International Federation of Professional Speakers, Engineers Without Borders, and Rotary International. He was a founding member of the board of directors of the Science National Honor Society, and is a recipient of the US Government’s Exceptional Achievement Medal. He routinely advises numerous academic programs and institutions, and he is a champion of education throughout the world.