Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Author Listing

Mustafa Akyol

Turkish Writer and Journalist

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Mike Biddle

American Plastics Recycler, President and Founder, MBA Polymers, Inc.,

Yang Lan

Chinese Media Proprietor, Journalist, Talk Show Hostess, Cofounder and Chairperson of the Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation

Guy-Philippe Goldstein


Nathalie Miebach

German-born American Artist and Sculptor, Artist in Residence at Amherst College

Ben Kacyra

Iraqui-born Civil Engineer and Expatriate, Digital Preservationist, Founding Director of CyArk, a nonprofit engaged in 3D digital preservation of cultural heritage sites worldwide, CEO of Cygna Corporation (U.S. engineering and construction management firm)

Ramona Pierson

American Businesswoman, CEO and Founder of Declara, Director of Education Tech for Seattle Public Schools, Chief Science Officer SynapticMash, in coma for 18 months after hit by car

Brian Goldman, fully Howard Brian Freedman

Canadian Emergency Room Physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Medical Journalist and Radio Personality

Erik Johannson

Swedish Photographer and Retouch Artist, Computer Engineering Student

Neil MacGregor

British Art Historian and Museum Director, Editor of the Burlington Magazine, Director of the National Gallery in London

Tyler Cowen

American Economist, Academic, and writer, Professor and Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University, Co-author with Alex Tabarrok of the Marginal Revolution blog

Shawn Achor

American Educator, Author, and Speaker, CEO of Good Think Inc.

Jeffrey Kluger

American Writer and Author, Senior Writer at Time Magazine

Frank Warren

American Secret Keeper, Creator of ThePostSecretProject, a collection of intimately personal and artistic postcares on a website with 450 million visitors

Eduardo Paes, fully Eduardo da Costa Paes

Brazilian Politician, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Reggie Watts, fully Reginald Lucien Frank Roger "Reggie" Watts

American Comedian and Musician

Carl Schoonover

American Neuroscientist, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Columbia University, Co-Founder of NeuWrite, a collaboration between writers and neuroscientists, Radio Show Host

Sebastian Deterding


Megan Kamerick

American Journalist and Independent Producer, President of the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS)

Tim Leberecht

German-born American Business Executive and Writer, Chief Marketing Officer at NBBJ, Author of The Business Romantic, Chief Marketing Officer of Frog Design

Matt Killingsworth

American Happiness Researcher, Doctoral Student at Harvard University

Ludwick Marishane, fully Ludwick Profane Parishane

South African Inventor of Water-less Bathing Lotion, 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Founder of Headbody Industries which produces DryBath

Boghuma Kabisen Titanji

Cameroon-born English Medical Doctor advocating Ethical Medical Research

Wingham Rowan

British Producer, Policy Entrepreneur, Project Director of Beyond Jobs and Founder of Slivers-of-Time Working

Esther Perel

Belgian-born American Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Authority on Erotic Intelligence

Bruno Maisonnier

French Director and Founder of Aldebaran Robotics which is working on the development and marketing of the humanoid robot

Zhu Xi, or Chu Hsi

Chinese Song Dynasty Confucian Scholar and Neo-Confucian

A. R. Ammons, fully Archie Randolph Ammons

American Poet

Mikhail Baryshnikov, fully Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov, nicknamed "Misha"

Russian-American Dancer, Choreographer and Actor

Aubrey de Grey, fully Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey

English Author, Biomedical Gerontologist, Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation

Martha Nussbaum, fully Martha Craven Nussbaum

American Philosopher, Editor, Author and Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago

Arnold Keyserling and Ralph Colby Losey

Arnold Keyserling was a German Philosopher and Theologian, son of Count Hermann Graff Keyserling. Ralph Colby Losey is an American e-Discovery Attorney, Philosopher and Author. They co-authored many works including "Chance and Choice" in the Wisdom tradition and continued the work of The School of Wisdom.

Krista Tippett

American Journalist, Author, Entrepreneur, Radio Program Host, Awarded National Humanities Medal

Cathy Davidson, fully Cathy N. Davidson

American Scholar and University Professor, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Joseph Needham, fully Noel Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham

British Scientist, Historian and Sinologist, Scientific Research and Writing on the History Of Chinese Science

Isabel Paterson

Canadian-American Journalist, Novelist, Political Philosopher, Literary Critic and Cultural Critic

Max More

British Philosopher and Futurist, Author and Editor of The Transhumanist Reader

Philip Pullman

English Writer, Author of fantasy trilogy "His Dark Materials"

Rodger Kamenetz

American Poet and Author

Alan Lightman, fully Alan Paige Lightman

American Physicist, Writer and Social Entrepreneur, Professor of Humanities at The Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

James Allen

British Philosophical Writer known for Inspirational Books, Poetry and a Pioneer Of The Self-Help Movement, Best Known for As A Man Thinketh

Vera Rubin, fully Vera Cooper Rubin

American Astronomer

Leonard Cohen, fully Leonard Norman Cohen

Canadian Singer, Songwriter, Poet and Novelist, Ordained as a Buddhist Monk

Siddhartha Mukherjee

American Physician, Biological Scientist and Author, Awarded Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Emperor Of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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