Richard Garriot de Cayeux
Dr. Richard Garriott de Cayeux is an icon in the computer gaming field, having created iconic games for more than 35 years. His best known series the Ultima Series which survives to this day. He is credited with creation of the gaming terms and concepts for your in game “Avatar” as well as “Massively Multiplayer Online Games”, and the term “Shard” for divisions of servers. He and his games have been inducted into the computer gaming hall of fame as we as received the industry lifetime achievement award and he has been named a “Living Game God” as well as received numerous game design awards. He has built 3 leading gaming companies: Origin Systems/Electronic Arts, Destination Games/NCsoft and most recently Portalarium, with offices in Austin Texas and New York City, where he is building the successor to his previous works now known as “Shroud of the Avatar”.
Richard is also a principle shaper of commercial human spaceflight. He co-founded Space Adventures which remains the only company to arrange space flights for private citizens. He is the sixth private astronaut to have lived aboard the International Space Station. As the son of a NASA astronaut he became the first second-generation astronaut. He remains a key leader in civilian and commercial space as an investor and Board member of institutions such as the X-Prize Foundation, Space Adventures, Planetary Power and Planetary Resources. Richard also served on the NASA Advisory Council. He is a member of the Commercial Space Federation and investor in space companies like Space X and XCOR Aerospace and Escape Dynamics.
From his space activities, he has been inducted into the Environmental Hall of Fame, the Ham Radio Hall of Fame. He received the 2009 National Space Society’s Space Explorer Pioneer Award, the Aerospace Medical Association’s 2009 SNFS Lovelace Award, and the 2009 Arthur C Clarke Award for Individual Achievement.
Though he dropped out of the University of Texas to start his first gaming company, he has since received an honorary doctorate degree from Queen Mary University.
As an explorer, Richard has traveled around the globe, including jungles of Africa and the Amazon, Antarctica including The South Pole, the deep seas to the Titanic, hydrothermal vents and deep wrecks, as well as orbiting the earth aboard the International Space Station. Through all these explorations, Richard has worked to advance scientific understanding and environmental responsibility.
Richard’s non-profit and philanthropic works include serving on the boards of The Explorers Club, The Challenger Center for Science Education and Earth+.
Richard is married to Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, who is president of rocket builder Escape Dynamics. They have two children together; a daughter Kinga and son Ronin.