Dr. Dickson Despommier spent thirty-eight years as a professor of microbiology and public health in environmental health sciences at Columbia University, where he has won the Best Teacher Award six times and received the national 2003 American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award for teaching. His work on vertical farms has been featured on such top national media as BBC, French National Television, CNN, The Colbert Report, and The Tonight Show, as well as in the New York Times, Time, Scientific American, and the Washington Post. He has been invited by the governments of China, India, Mexico, Jordan, Brazil, Canada, and Korea to work on environmental problems. He is one of the visionaries featured at the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology. Dickson lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.