Our team

 
 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Harvey Dam

Data Team Manager, Researcher

Harvey did a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese, and a Master’s in World Languages at the University of Utah. His coursework focused on second language acquisition and classroom pedagogy. He’s also a student of Chinese handwriting, especially regular script 楷書, and his handwriting appears on our posters and in our dictionary. Harvey speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.