Bill Lauritzen is an author, usability engineer, educator, performance artist, and visionary. Harry Kroto, Nobel Prize winner, invited Bill Lauritzen to present his models of Carbon-60 at the first international conference in 1994. He also designed a modern-day Stonehenge, called SpaceHenge, wrote a paper explaining the value of geodesic domes, wrote a book about the natural origins of religion and mythology. He is also an advisor to the Lifeboat Foundation. His hobby is swimming, and he was ranked by Swim Magazine in the Top Ten in the World in master's swimming.
He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy in
Colorado Springs. One of his advisors at the Air Force Academy was Roger Bate
who co-wrote the Dover classic book on Astrodynamics and has also
inspired Bill's interest in computer science and AI. While at the
Air Force Academy, Bill was named the Outstanding Graduate in both
Behavioral Sciences and Philosophy. Bill received a master's degree from
Purdue in Human Factors Engineering. His classmate at the Air Force
Academy and at Purdue was Captain Sully Sullenberger.
In the Air Force he designed jet cockpits as a usability engineer. He felt the Vietnam War was immoral, and he left the Air Force as a conscientious objector, or pacifist. However, he has since realized the necessity for military defense and the protection of trade routes. From about 1977-1980 he was a staff member in the Church of Scientology, although he is no longer active in this church.
In the 1980's and 1990s, he taught ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged students as a teacher and substitute teacher in the inner city of Los Angeles, including South-Central LA and East LA, for over 20 years. Also in the 1990s, Bill used his computer programming skills to study highly composite numbers and wrote a paper about them.
In the 2000s he taught at Otis College of Art and Design (Mathematics for Artists), at Los Angeles City College (Introduction to psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, critical thinking) at Johns Hopkins University (Center for Talented Youth) (cognitive psychology), and at Columbia College Hollywood (science for film makers). Also in the 2000s, Bill developed a web robot to find jobs for substitute teachers.
In the 2010s Bill taught for 8 years at a national university in China,
Xiamen University. He taught Spoken English in the College of
Foreign Languages and Cultures and was also associated the
Brain-Like Intelligence Systems Lab and the Multi-Media Lab.
Including all his substitute teaching experience, he has taught
at about 116 different schools, colleges and universities, in every
grade from kindergarten through college, making him one of the world's
Since 2010, his main interests have been education, human
factors engineering, economics, geopolitics, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence.
More about Bill
Nobel Prize winner Sir Harry Kroto and Bill, 1994.
Captain Sully Sullenberger and Bill Lauritzen at the AF
They were sent to Purdue to do their master's degrees in Human Engineering.
Bill at the AF Academy.
Bill worked as a Human Factors Engineer (User Experience) for
cockpit design in the Air Force.
He gave a lecture to the Air Force Test Pilot School and studied information overload in the cockpit.
Bill working in Hollywood.
Bill teaching math in the inner city of LA.
Bill and author/scholar Martin Gardner at his home in North Carolina.
Gardner praised several of Bill's papers.
Mamikon Mnatsakanian, astrophysicist and inventor of Visual Calculus with Bill.