Getting To Know…Marshall Brain
Born: Santa Monica, Calif., on May 17, 1961
Known For: Founder of HowStuffWorks.com
Accomplishments: Marshall Brain received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and an M.S. in computer science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he taught computer science and was selected as a member of the university's Academy of Outstanding Teachers. In 1998, he founded HowStuffWorks.com as a hobby, and in 2007 Discovery Communications bought HowStuffWorks.com for $250 million. HowStuffWorks.com explains thousands of topics, from extinct animals to engines to ESP. Today, Brain works as a consultant, author, entrepreneur and public speaker who has distinguished himself as someone who can make complex material more easily understood. A regular guest on TV and radio programs, he has written more than a dozen books including the popular "The Teenager's Guide to the Real World." The famous brainiac frequently works with students at all levels to help them understand science, technology and entrepreneurship. Brain lives in Cary with his wife, Leigh, and their children. He is currently working on his next book.
Quote: "All you can do after a failure is get up and try again."