Secondary: Newington College, Sydney, Australia. Tertiary: BSc (Geology), BA (Economics and Philosophy), MSc (Artificial Intelligence), all University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Work history: software development, lived for 20 years off royalty payments from large multinational for a manufacturing-warehousing-financial software suite I wrote (Oracle-based). Stopped full-time work in 1995 to pursue Computer Science interests in data compression and artificial intelligence. Two data compression patents: US 5,748,955 and US 6,414,610.