Mercer grew up in New Mexico. He developed an early interest in computers and in 1964 attended a National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia where he learned to program a donated IBM computer.
He went on to get a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the University of New Mexico. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1972.
Robert Mercer joined IBM Research in the fall of 1972. He worked at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, New York where he helped develop Brown clustering, a statistical machine translation technique as part of a speech recognition.
In 1993, Robert Mercer joined hedge fund Renaissance Technologies.
Robert Mercer developed an early interest in computers… in 1964 he attended a National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia where he learned to program a donated IBM computer.
Robert Mercer is co CEO of Renaissance Technologies, the world’s most profitable quantitative fund-it uses proprietary algorithms to trade.
I can’t really talk about what I do now – Robert Mercer
Below you can wathc one of the rare public speeches given by Robert Mercer.
Also, see the interview with James Simons, founded Renaissance Technologies.
I’m happy going through my life without saying anything to anybody – Robert Mercer
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