John Gardner is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University
and is founder and president of ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. He is
internationally recognized as a leading expert on the physics of defects in
materials. He has won a number of scientific awards including the Humboldt
Prize awarded by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and awards
for his accessibility contributions including the Distinguished Service
Award bestowed by Oregon State University for Exceptional Contributions to
Society, and the Oregon Governor’s Award in recognition of outstanding
in improving access to education and employment through technology.
His physics research has been supported by the National Science Foundation,
the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of
Defense, NASA, and several private corporations and foundations.
After losing his sight in 1988 in mid-career, John Gardner formed the
Science Access Project (http://dots.physics.orst.edu) to do research and
development on new technologies for access to complex information by people
with print disabilities. ViewPlus Technologies (http://www.ViewPlus.com
) is a spin-off company formed to commercialize the Tiger tactile graphics
embosser technology and other technologies developed in the Science Access
Project. It has grown to become a major access technology company with
worldwide sales of millions of dollars per year. ViewPlus has been able to
maintain a high level of product research and development because of
numerous Small Business Innovation Research grants from the US National
Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.
John Gardner has presented hundreds of seminars, colloquia, workshops,
contributed and invited conference talks on physics and on information
access by people with disabilities throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. He
is considered a leading expert on access to STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Math) information.
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