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4.19.2009

Atheist of the Week

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg [b. 1984].

In 2008, Time Magazine named this American computer programmer one of the "World's Most Influential People" for developing the social networking site FACEBOOK. Although born Jewish, he identiifies himself as an atheist.

Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room in 2004, and with the help of his roommate Dustin Moskovitz, he quickly brought it to many university campuses. Despite a controversial law suit over the social networking platform (later dismissed), Zuckerberg sold a 1.6% stake in Facebook to Microsoft, which had a $15 billion market value at the time (Forbes).

The idea for Facebook sprang from an artificial intelligence program Zuckerberg developed while attending Phillips Exeter Academy. The original program was called SYNAPSE.

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