Space flight participant, Republic of South Africa
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: born on September 18, 1973 in gold-mining town
of Welkom in South Africa, and grew up in Cape Town where his parents moved
His farther is Richard Dalton Shuttleworth, a surgeon.
His mother is Ronelle Shuttleworth. They live in the northern suburbs
of Cape Town, South Africa.
He is a citizen of Republic of South Africa and Great Britain. He lived
in South Africa from his birth till February 2001, and then moved to London.
EDUCATION: graduated from high school in 1991, and in 1995 from University
of Cape Town, where he received a Bachelors degree in business finance
and information systems. A specialist in software and networking technologies.
FAMILY STATUS: unmarried.
AWARDS AND RANKS: Academic award for completion of training at Reese
Air Base, Texas. Honorary student of the Test Pilot School in Patuxent
River, Maryland. Honorary student of the US Flight Safety School, Kirtland
Air Force Base, New Mexico. Long Service medal from Italian Air Force (1997).
HOBBIES: travel, technology, Internet.
WORK EXPERIENCE: Mark developed a profound interest in science in his
early youth. His scientific interests include software development, digital
media technologies, biotechnology and particle physics. While studying
finance at the University of Cape Town he first encountered the Internet
and quickly realized the significance of the changes the global network
might bring in business and society.
In December 1995 he founded Thawte Consulting as an Internet consulting
business. The focus of the company quickly shifted to Internet security
for electronic commerce. Thawte became the first company to produce a full-security
e-commerce web server that was commercially available outside the United
States. Thawte worked on the public key infrastructure, which is the basis
for all encripted and authenticated Internet transactions. By February
2000, when Thawte Consulting was acquired by VeriSign in USA, Thawte had
become the fastest-growing Internet Certificate Authority, and was the
leading Certificate Authority outside of the US.
In September 2000 he formed a new company called HBD. This is a venture-capital
company seeking to invest in innovative technology companies that are based
in South Africa but that have the potential to serve a global marketplace.
In October 2000 he created a non-profit organization The Shuttleworth
Foundation that supports innovation in education. The Shuttleworth Foundation
funds projects that contribute to improving the quality and accessibility
of education in Africa, and unlocking the creative potential of every child
Mark also funds and contributes to an international non-profit organization
Bridges.org that seeks to help people in developing countries use information
and communications technology to improve their lives, strengthen democratic
institutions and the freedom of press.
His fascination with new technology brought Mark to Star City, Russia.
He passed a medical checkup and was cleared for space flight training.
Since July 2001 he has been training for space flight as a space flight
participant within the main crew of Soyuz TM transportation vehicle for
the third visiting mission to ISS.
Based on materials from Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
and web site www.africaninspace.com