Stephen Wolfram Net Worth – The Story of the Computer Scientist

Stephen Wolfram  is a British-American computer scientist, physicist, author, and businessman. He is prominent for his studies on computer science, mathematics, and theoretical physics.

Stephen Wolfram Net Worth

The net worth of Stephen Wolfram is at $200 million. He is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, a company he founded in 1986. He also established Wolfram Alpha, a computational knowledge engine.

He is known for his extensive contributions in the field of cellular automata and the development of Mathematica which is an algebraic software system.

Wolfram has his own website where people can view his books, writings, publications, speeches, and notable media coverages.

He is also the author of several books including “A New Kind of Science,” “Combinators,” “The Physicalization of Metamathematics,” “A Project of A Computational Explorer,” “Idea Makers,” “Cellular Automata and Complexity,” and “SMP Handbook.”

Personal Life

Stephen Wolfram was born in London on August 29, 1959 to his German Jewish parents Hugo and Sybil Wolfram, who were refugees to the United Kingdom. His father was a textile manufacturer and worked as the managing director of the Lurex Company. His mother was a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Lady Margaret Hall at University of Oxford from 1964 to 1993.

Stephen studied Mathematics at the Eton College but left in 1976. At a young age, he had difficulty doing arithmetics. When he was 15, he started his research on applied quantum field theory and particle physics. He published scientific papers in various peer-reviewed scientific journals. By 17 years old, Wolfram went to St. John’s College in Oxford but ended up leaving in 1978.  He received a Doctorate degree in particle physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) on November 19, 1979, when he was 20 years old. Another remarkable achievement of his was that he became the youngest recipient of the MacArthur Fellowships in 1981 when he was 21.

Professional Career

After graduating from Caltech, Stephen Wolfram joined the faculty from 1980 to 1982. In the 1980s, he published a number of notable papers on what he referred to as “complex systems research.” He also taught at the Institute for Advanced Study from 1983 to 1986  in Princeton, New Jersey. 

He founded the Center for Complex Systems Research at the University of Illinois where he taught physics, mathematics, and computer science from 1986 to 1988.

In 1987, he founded Wolfram Research. The following year, he decided to stop teaching to focus on Mathematica which was released on June 23 1988. Throughout his career, he has written a lot of books on mathematics, physics, and other subjects.

In March 2009, Wolfram released Wolfram Alpha, a search engine that is based on his algorithms. In 2010, he co-founded Touchpress, an app developer and publisher. 

Wolfram was named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.

He announced the “Wolfram Physics Project” in 2020. 

Was Stephen Wolfram Married

Stephen Wolfram’s life is not revealed to the public. However, it is known that he is married to a mathematician like him and they have four children together.

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