Jonathan Wolfe, Chief Scientist

Jonathan Wolfe is the Chief Scientist at, the world’s first private social network. As Chief Scientist, Jonathan leads the design of Sgrouples’ groundbreaking interface and manages an amazing global team of developers responsible for building a world class web and mobile experience. His design philosophies are grounded in a deep understanding of human behavior and cognitive brain function, as well as his studies of the neurophysiology of the visual system and precognitive perception.

A pioneer in using the internet to foster communication and collaboration, Jonathan built his first webpage in 1995 and co-founded and in 1998 with Mark, which were PC Magazine “Top 100″ sites and precursors to today’s social networks. Jonathan has been programming for over thirty years, starting in 1981 on an Apple II+. He is a veteran of a wide array of programming languages and design philosophies, from Basic and C programming all the way to Scala and Lift. Jonathan has actively studied user design, human factors engineering, and information architecture, and is an expert on the challenges of complex web interaction. While many programmers build designs that are only understood by other programmers, Jonathan is highly focused on making his interfaces clear, simple, and highly intuitive.

Jonathan received his B.A. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins in 1990, and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He went on to found the Fractal Foundation in 2003, a nonprofit that uses the beauty of fractals to inspire interest in science, math and art. Since 2003, he has taught over 50,000 children about fractals. An artist as well as a scientist, his studies of the neurophysiology of the visual system were inspired by his love of color, form and motion. He is passionate about sharing the beauty of math and science, and has inspired and enthralled audiences all over the world, from Rio Rancho to Rio de Janeiro.