Current President of the American Society for Cybernetics, Ranulph Glanville is an Anglo-Irish professor in 4 universities in 3 continents, and has 3 doctorates: a PhD in cybernetics; a second PhD in human learning; and a DSc in cybernetics and design. He teaches architecture, design, cybernetics and research, and is an active researcher in all four fields. His original education was as an architect, but he spent most of his time as a student making avant garde music and developing live electronic performance. He is still involved in music, and other art practices. He edits and writes for academic journals, including a column for the journal Cybernetics and Human Knowing. His collected columns have just been published as volume 3, “39 Steps“, of his collected works (“The Black Boox”), by edition echoraum in Vienna. He is married to the physiotherapist Aartje Hulstein, and his son Severi works with video.
Perhaps his most peculiar achievement was to learn Finnish, an then argue a connection between the construction of Finnish language and its architecture.