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Our Team

Core team

Ash Henson

Ash Henson

CTO, Co-founder, Chief Researcher

Though his professional career started in engineering, Ash has been fervently learning languages since 1991. He speaks Dutch, Mandarin, Cantonese and German, all in varying states of decay. He has been studying Mandarin in ...

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John Renfroe

John Renfroe

CEO, Co-founder, Researcher

John got into Sinology largely by accident. He was studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston and developed an interest in Asian cinema. Being particularly drawn to the sound of Chinese, he started learning it as a hobby. Over the next few years, he read a lot about the Chinese language and writing system...

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Harvey Dam

Data Team Manager, Researcher

Harvey is interested in Chinese languages and Chinese cultures, as well as general linguistics and language pedagogy. Relevant here is his study of Chinese handwriting, particularly regular script ...

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Contributors

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Nils Wieland

Academic Intern

Nils grew up near Stuttgart in the southwest of Germany, where he learned about China only secondhand through literature and theater. His interest in East Asia might have been sparked mostly by Hermann Hesse and Jack ...

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Wilhelm Brasch

Software engineer, graphic designer

Wilhelm supports the Outlier team as a designer and software developer. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and is currently working as a software engineer. He started learning Chinese as a ...

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Melissa Chen

Translator

Melissa is a graduate student at the Graduate Institute of Translation and Interpretation at National Taiwan Normal University. Her amazing feel for both languages, Chinese and English, is an important asset for us. We strive for the clearest way for conveying our ideas, on the web, in the dictionary, everywhere. That’s where Melissa’s language skills truly come to play.

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Joanna Lin

Librarian

Joanna studies Information and Library Science at Tamkang University in Taipei. Although she is still an undergraduate, she has a firm grip on our research library, organizing and managing it. With over 2000 books and papers on Chinese paleography, phonetics, semantics, grammar, for Old, Middle, and Modern Chinese, not counting stuff we have on our hard disks, our company’s always growing library is already a pretty awesome (some would say terrifying) place.

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Nico Chen

Chinese Input Specialist

Nico has a degree in Chinese literature and is our specialist for inputting large amounts of difficult handwritten research information or texts which are otherwise hard to digitalize. Her knowledge of Chinese input methods, especially Cangjie which features even the most obscure Chinese characters, and her amazing attention to details and accuracy makes her an integral part of our team.



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