Gavin Wood Biography - Nationality, Parents, Age, Qualifications, Ethereum, Polkadot, and Net Worth


By Damian David Mar 9, 2023


Gavin Wood Biography



Gavin James Wood, mostly called Gavin Wood is one of the original authors of Ethereum and was also its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO), he is also the Founder and Creator of Polkadot; a Blockchain platform that enhances interoperability between multiple blockchains without the need for a third party.


Gavin Wood, right from his childhood, precisely when he was 9, has been interested in the concept of economics and those game theories. He ran his first code even before attending high school, thanks to his mother and his neighbor who let him lay his hands on a computer.


Gavin Wood ignored his fear of electricity-related accidents which was expressed by his mother as well, and went on to dedicate his life to technology and subsequent blockchain and cryptocurrency.


Gavin Wood is an English-born computer scientist, Engineer, programmer, software developer, and philanthropist known best as the Co-founder of Ethereum and also the Creator of Polkadot. He was born in April 1980, aged 42 as of February 2023.


Gavin Wood Parents 


Gavin Wood Parents are both from Lancaster, England, United Kingdom, they gave birth to Gavin Wood in April 1980 and he grew up with them.


Gavin Wood Education 


Gavin Wood attended an all-boys high school in Lancaster, Lancashire, England, called the Lancaster Royal Grammar School. For his college education, he attended the University Of York, a research University located in the city of York, England. 


In 2002, Gavin Wood graduated from the University of York with a master's degree in Computer Systems and Software Engineering. Three years later in 2005, he completed his PhD programme in the same school with the topic "Content-based visualization to aid common navigation of musical audio"




Gavin Wood Early Career


Gavin Wood started his professional career by working, more specifically consulting, for Microsoft. While at the company he made pivotal progress on technical aspects of embedded domain-specific languages.


Gavin Wood came across the Blockchain industry and the cryptocurrency market in 2011 when he first read about Bitcoin. In his words, nothing about the technology excited him as it seemed to be more about the currency than the technology itself. 


Three years later, Gavin Wood came across Bitcoin again but this time it was from a different perspective as he realized the various ways it would improve technology and one of his favorites; Game Theories.


Through a mutual friend, Gavin Wood met Vitalik Buterin and since then he has been a serial developer and technology-based designer with hundreds of practical technologies to his name. The term "Web3" is accredited to him as he's said to have been the one to coin the term in 2014.


He is the pioneering idea behind the Solidity programming language having proposed the idea in August 2014. In 2007 he designed and implemented the first C++ language workbench, Martta.


Gavin Wood And Ethereum


Gavin Wood wrote and coded the first functional Ethereum Client called the "PoC-1" (Proof Of Concept) which was released in January 2014 one year after he met Vitalik Buterin.


The release of the "PoC-1" confirmed the practical possibility of the Ethereum Blockchain and also subsequently laid the foundation for further developments.


Gavin Wood was also the writer and author of the first Ethereum Yellow paper which was also the first complete and concise detailing of a Blockchain platform specifying how it works and its distinguished features and functionalities.


Gavin Wood got the opportunity of being a founding father of Ethereum through a mutual friend that introduced him to Vitalik Buterin in 2013. At that time he was building OxLegal, a software made to facilitate workflow for lawyers.


Gavin Wood and Vitalik Buterin have since then worked hand in hand with three others to make it the multi-billion dollar blockchain network it is today.


Gavin Wood left the Ethereum Foundation in January 2016 and why he left remains a speculation. After his departure from Ethereum, he founded Parity Technologies.


Gavin Wood And Polkadot 


On May 26, 2020, Gavin Wood and two others (Robert Habermeier and Peter Czaban) launched the Polkadot Network; Polkadot is a sub-structure of the Web3 Foundation which is an organization launched in 2017 to facilitate and accelerate a decentralized internet.


Polkadot succeeded "Kusama" which was created in 2019 as a prototype of a programme that will serve as the developmental environment for the Polkadot Network.




Gavin Wood Relationship Status


As of February 2023, details about the relationship life of the serial developer Gavin Wood, haven't been found yet. 


He is known to be single and without a child and there haven't been even a few rumours in regards to this information. 


He is however 42, so there is a possibility he's married or in a relationship or at least with a child.


Gavin Wood Net Worth 


According to multiple sources, Gavin Wood is worth an estimated $450 Million.



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