Gilbert A. Clark

1996 Laureate, Applied Technology
United States, Born 1946

Project Goal

Teach children about astronomy and technology

Location: United States

"Telescopes in Education has rejuvenated an ancient science, bringing what was once the prerogative of a handful of astronomers to school children in the remote hills of Japan, Poland and elsewhere."

Twelve years ago, retired sailor Gilbert Clark started giving children a healthy dose of virtual reality by letting them look at the Milky Way and beyond through mammoth, multimillion-dollar telescopes from their computers. Since being selected as a Rolex Laureate in 1996, his Telescopes in Education (TIE) programme has soared skywards, becoming an immensely valuable part of the curriculum at hundreds of schools in many countries.


amount of his own money Gilbert has put into TIE


height, in metres, of the Arizona Sky Village in Portal, Arizona


attendees at TIE's annual open house in California


students who use TIE each year

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