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Tomás Pueyo

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Tomás Pueyo
BornTomás-Alexandre Pueyo Brochard
1982 (age 41–42)
Nantes, France
🏫 Education
💼 Occupation
  • Writer
  • engineer
  • business executive

Tomás Pueyo is a Spanish and French writer, engineer and businessman. He came to public attention in 2020 due to a series of articles he wrote on Medium about the COVID-19 pandemic that went viral.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Pueyo was born in Nantes, France and raised in Madrid, Spain, where he was educated at the Lycée Français de Madrid. Pueyo studied industrial engineering at Comillas Pontifical University and École Centrale Paris, and holds an MBA from Stanford University.[3]


On March 10, 2020 Pueyo published a series of articles about the outbreak of coronavirus worldwide.[4] The article, "Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now", in which he presented a model for the future of the pandemic, arguing the virus was spreading exponentially and was a more immediate threat than most realized, was read over 40 million times in the first month.[5] His subsequent viral article, "The Hammer and the Dance", read over 20 million times, described a comprehensive strategy for how societies needed to respond to the onset of COVID-19 with the "hammer" referring to widespread lockdowns and other strict initial social distancing measures needed to contain the spread of the virus, and the "dance" describing the more nuanced, long-term effort to control localized outbreaks around the world until a vaccine is widely distributed.[6][7]

Pueyo continued writing articles on the COVID-19 pandemic, including “Coronavirus: Out of Many, One” focused on the situation in the US, “Should We Follow the Herd Immunity Strategy like Sweden”, and “Learning How to Dance”. He also wrote a piece for The New York Times about fences: border controls limiting the number of cases coming into a community.

In addition to writing, Pueyo serves as a vice president for Course Hero, an online education platform.[8] Previously, he held minor roles at L'Oréal, Siemens, Zynga and several Silicon Valley startup companies.[3]

Pueyo published his first book, The Star Wars Rings, and gave a TEDx talk about storytelling and psychology in December 2017.[9][3]


  1. Liz Kreutz (20 May 2020). "SF author's viral 'Hammer and the dance' gives new perspective amid COVID-19 pandemic". ABC. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  2. Donald G. McNeil Jr. (11 May 2020). "As States Rush to Reopen, Scientists Fear a Coronavirus Comeback". New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nuria Hernandez (16 April 2020). "Hablamos con Tomás Pueyo, el ingeniero español de Silicon Valley que avisó de los peligros de la pandemia". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  4. Umair Irfan (15 March 2020). "The math behind why we need social distancing, starting right now". Vox. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  5. Zoe Schiffer (14 April 2020). "How Medium became the best and worst place for coronavirus news". The Verge. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  6. Jon Evans (14 April 2020). "Seven viral futures". TechCrunch. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  7. David Leonhardt (10 April 2020). "It's Going to Be Difficult". New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  8. Angus Loten (17 March 2020). "Scientists Crunch Data to Predict How Many People Will Get Coronavirus". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  9. Stephanie Vozza (16 March 2020). "Generalists are usually more successful—but only if they do this". Fast Company. Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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