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Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis

Dr Demis Hassabis CBE FREng FRS


Elected: 2018




Demis Hassabis is the Founder and CEO of DeepMind, a neuroscience-inspired AI company which develops general-purpose learning algorithms and uses them to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In 2014, DeepMind was acquired by Google in their biggest ever European acquisition.

A child chess prodigy, Demis coded the classic game Theme Park aged 17. After graduating from Cambridge University in Computer Science, he founded videogames company Elixir Studios and completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. Science declared his research on imagination and memory as one of 2007’s top breakthroughs.

He is a five-time World Games Champion, recipient of the Royal Society’s Mullard Award, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Academy of Engineering, winning the Academy's Silver Medal. In 2017 he featured in the Time 100 list of most influential people, and in 2018 he was awarded a CBE for services to science and technology.

Professional positions

Founder and CEO, DeepMind

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Computer sciences
    • Computer science (excl engineering aspects)
  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Behavioural neuroscience


  • Royal Society Mullard Award

    For his pioneering use of machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms, delivering a significant contribution to national prosperity.

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