Esther Dyson Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Esther Dyson

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July 14, 1951

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Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

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Childhood and Early Life

Esther Dyson was born on the 14 July 1951 in Zurich, Switzerland to Verena Huber-Dyson, a mathematician, and Freeman Dyson, a theoretical physicist. Her paternal grandfather was Sir George Dyson, the English composer. When Dyson was a child, her parents divorced, and her mother moved to California, leaving Dyson with her father and brother in Princeton. Her father later remarried and Dyson has four step-sisters.


When Esther Dyson was fifteen, she enrolled at Harvard University and holds a BA in Economics.


Rise to Fame

After graduating from Harvard, Esther Dyson joined Forbes magazine was a journalist. Her next job was working on Wall Street which she did for five years. In 1982, she joined a venture capital company owned by Ben Rosen. Within six months, Dyson had bought the company which she renamed EDventure Holdings (1982-2004). 

EdVenture Holdings focused on investing, startups, health care, human capital, and aerospace. In 1998, Dyson founded ICANN and remained the founding chairman until 2000. ICANN matches domain names with IP address numbers and operates as part of the DNS, managing IP addresses and protocol numbers.



Apart from EDventure Holdings Esther Dyson has been involved in ventures and sits on various board including Stop Badware, the Sunlight Foundation, the Electronic Foundation, and ICABB. She is active in the emergence of startups in commercial space via Air/Space2.0.
Other areas of interest include Health and IT and she is on the board of the Personal Genome Project. She is the author of Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age (1997) which was published by Broadway Books.


Personal Life

Esther Dyson has never married and has no children, but has a number of nieces and nephews. Dyson spent six months in Moscow from late 2008 until March 2009 training to be a backup cosmonaut.

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