Our Team

Ash Henson

Ash Henson
CTO, Co-founder, Chief Researcher

Once an electrical engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Ash has an undergraduate and master's in engineering, and is now a PhD Candidate in Linguistics and Paleography in the Graduate Institute of Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University. His coursework and research focuses on historical phonology, paleography, oracle bone script, and excavated Warring States bamboo texts. He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Dutch, German, and English, and is learning Japanese. Find out more...

John Renfroe

John Renfroe
CEO, Co-founder, Researcher

John studied Linguistics and Paleography in the Graduate Institute of Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University. His coursework and research focused on excavated Warring States bamboo texts, historical Chinese character morphology, and the Shuowen Jiezi 說文解字 and its commentaries and criticism. He now lives in Tokyo and is learning Japanese. Find out more...
Ulrich Apel

Ulrich Apel, PhD
Lexicographical Adviser, Researcher

Having studied at Munich and Ōsaka University, Ulrich holds a PhD in Japanese Studies. He has worked in the field of Japanese lexicography for 20 years, primarily focusing on WaDoku, a Japanese-German dictionary and the world’s most comprehensive Japanese-to-Western-language dictionary. He has also developed other digital tools for teaching and learning Japanese characters, such as KanjiVG.
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