Kennedy William

Kennedy, William PHD



BS Western Michigan University
PhD Loyola University of Chicago

William ("Dr. Bill") Kennedy earned a doctorate in Biochemistry/Biophysics in 1980 and continued his career as a research scientist at Washington University and at the University of Illinois studying the biochemistry of mammalian reproduction. He published several papers in internationally recognized academic journals through the 1980's.

Then the PC revolution came along. Swept up by the chance to participate in an emerging technology, Dr. Bill and his wife, Jeanne Dietsch, started a software company in the early '90s, creating computer-based games and educational programs. Which brought them to Peterborough, NH, home through the '90s to some of the best computing magazines in the world. While helping raise two children, Dr. Bill worked his way up from technical editor to editor-in-chief of International Data Group's A+ Publishing division, before the magazines moved west in the late '90s.

Newly familiar with the world of publishing, Dr. Bill tuned his attention to books and consequently co-authored what became one of O'Reilly & Associates' all-time best-selling books, HTML: The Definitive Guide. Translated into over 13 languages, the sixth edition of the book is in progress. True to their motto, Life by Improvisation, Dr. Bill and Jeanne saw another emerging technology come their way early in the 21st century: robotics. They launched MobileRobots from their kitchen table and within two years began manufacturing an intelligent mobile platform for AI research worldwide. Seeing opportunities for their robots in commercial and industrial applications, they merged the company with a larger, more established robotics (fixed arm) concern in 2010 and subsequently retired the following year. Dr. Bill now teaches Physical Sciences at Dublin School.

What book has made you think the most?: Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadtler

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Ability to disappear.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: My Way. (Paul Anka's English lyrics to the melody of a French song "Comme d'habitude", composed by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux.)

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: The late Dr. John Evans at the Upjohn research labs introduced me to the real world of chemistry and science, teaching me the thrill of laboratory experimentation.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Skeptical of everything.

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?:Einstein (Bertrand Russell's book about him launched my life-long fascination with physics), Benjamin Franklin (he was truly an incredible intellect, scientist and entrepreneur) and Archimedes (my kind of crazy scientist)

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?:Seriously? John Travolta (HA!, now that would be something)