Dr. William Sims Bainbridge
The developer of PersonalityMD personality tests, William Sims Bainbridge earned his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University, taught in universities for twenty years, and then joined the National Science Foundation, where he currently is a program director in Human-Centered Computing.
He is author or co-author of 19 scientific books and over 200 shorter publications, as well as editor or co-editor of 10 scientific volumes. Several of his major projects were based on computer software he programmed, most recently the 2006 book God from the Machine: Artifical Intelligence Models of Religious Cognition. Four of his earlier projects were textbook-software packages: Experiments in Psychology (1986), Sociology Laboratory (1987), Survey Research: A Computer-Assisted Introduction (1989), and Social Research Methods and Statistics (1992). In 2004 he edited the two-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction. His doctoral dissertation and two later books focused on the sociology of space exploration: The Spaceflight Revolution (1976), Dimensions of Science Fiction (1986), and Goals in Space: American Values and the Future of Technology (1991). He has also published extensively in the sociology of religion, notably The Sociology of Religious Movements (1997) and Across the Secular Abyss (2007). Most recently he has written about virtual gameworlds in Online Multiplayer Games (2010) and The Warcraft Civilization (2010). His 2007 book, Nanoconvergence, followed a series of volumes on nanotechnology and technological convergence co-edited with Mihail C. Roco, including Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2001), Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance (2003), Nanotechnology: Societal Implications (two volumes 2006), and Progress in Convergence (2006).