Jiri Soukup is a man of many hats. He was one of the pioneers who figured out how to design large silicon chips with a computer – the essential step for the rapid evolution of electronics as we know it today.
He also has developed a new methodology which will revolutionize software design – replacing databases by storing directly the internal data of the program, yet designing this program as if it were a database.
For 15 years he kept and bread Scottish Highland cattle. He is a sea captain, offshore sailor, beekeeper, and licenced trapper. His favourite toys are a Beneteau sailboat, Husqvarna chainsaw, and his Szemmelveis cello.
Jiri writes articles and books, both technical and fiction. He studied electrical engineering at Czech Tech. University and mathematical analysis at Charles University, both in Prague, and he has a PhD degree in technical cybernetics.
He was a manager of the chip layout group in Bell Labs M.H., and one of the seven founders of Cadence Design Systems, one of the three leading VLSI CAD companies in San Jose, Calif.
Currently, he is the president of Code Farms Inc., Canadian company dedicated to better ways of designing software.