Logan Williams

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Logan Williams
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BornTimaru, New Zealand
🏳️ NationalityNew Zealander
💼 Occupation
Biotechnology Entrepreneur
💰 Net worth12 Million (2020)

Logan Keith Williams (born 1995) is an entrepreneur, inventor and scientist from Christchurch, New Zealand.[1][2]

Career[edit]

In 2015, Williams invented polarized contact lenses as a preventative treatment for photosensitive epilepsy (PSE), denoting an index that prescribes a level of polarization in correspondence to a sufferer’s level of photosensitivity. [3][4][5]

In 2017, Williams invented the novel method to synthesize Didymosphenia Geminata (Didymo) the pest algae destroying New Zealand’s waterways into paper, bioplastic, and fabric. [6][7][8] Williams also designed a novel system to remove dislodged algae from a water stream, limiting the ecological impact of algal removal. [9]

A prototype of Didymo-based bioplastic.

Education[edit]

Logan has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours (BSc Hons), and is currently a doctoral candidate (PhD) at the University of Canterbury.[10]

Awards[edit]

In recognition for William’s achievements he was a finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year and Forbes 30 under 30 (Asia/Pacific).[11][12][13]

References[edit]

  1. O’Connor-Harding, G. (2017). Student inventor: From didymo plates to contact lenses that prevent seizures. Star.Kiwi. https://www.star.kiwi/2017/12/student-inventor-from-didymo-plates-to-contact-lenses-that-prevent-seizures.
  2. McPhee, E. (2017). South Canterbury’s Logan Williams creates tech to turn didymo into cups and plates. https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/99842758/young-inventor-creates-technology-to-turn-didymo-into-cups-and-plate.
  3. Mack, B. (2017). University of Canterbury students sets sights on helping those with epilepsy with 3D-printed contact lenses. https://idealog.co.nz/design/2017/12/university-canterbury-student-sets-sights-helping-those-epilepsy-3d-printed-contact-lenses.
  4. Boyle, J. (2017). Twelve students vie for Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Premier Award. Education Central. http://educationcentral.co.nz/twelve-students-to-vie-for-sir-paul-callaghan-eureka-premier-award/.
  5. Ministry of Health, (2017). Student wins award for contact lenses design that prevent epileptic seizures. https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/news-items/student-wins-award-contact-lenses-design-prevent-epileptic-seizures.
  6. Canterbury Development Corporation, (2017). Products created from pest didymo. The Canterbury Report, p15. http://www.cdc.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/The-Canterbury-Report-FINAL-web.pdf.
  7. Loading Docs. (2018). What Logan Did – A Tenacious Young Inventor. https://loadingdocs.net/whatlogandid/.
  8. Hill, K. (2018). Logan Williams – Taking the Fight to Didymo is What Logan Did https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2018670646/logan-williams-taking-the-fight-to-didymo-is-what-logan-did.
  9. Comer, R. (2018). Logan's didymo elimination project focus of proposed short documentary https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/104985921/logans-didymo-elimination-project-focus-of-proposed-short-documentary
  10. University of Canterbury Student Profiles Logan Williams https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/get-started/why-uc/student-profiles/student-profiles-by-subject/psychology/logan-williams.html
  11. Monk, A. (2017). Making paper out of algae, clothes from yaks. Star.Kiwi. http://www.star.kiwi/2017/03/making-paper-out-of-algae-clothes-from-yaks/.
  12. Newshub (2018).The Kiwi’s nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year. http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/01/the-kiwis-nominated-for-young-new-zealander-of-the-year.html.
  13. Paranhi, R. (2018). Entrepreneur makes 2018 Young NZ of the Year award shortlist. https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/education/entrepreneur-makes-2018-young-nz-year-award-shortlist.


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