Butler Lampson was born in Washington, DC in 1943 and later in life he received an AB from Harvard University, a PhD in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley, and honorary ScD’s from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich and the University of Bologna. He holds a number of patents on networks, security, raster printing, and transaction processing. At Microsoft he has worked on anti-piracy, security, fault-tolerance, and user interfaces. He was one of the designers of Palladium, and spent two years as an architect in the Tablet PC group. Currently he works in Microsoft Research, working on security, privacy, and fault-tolerance, and kibitzing in systems, networking, and other areas.