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