Robert Prechter was born in 1949. He attended Yale University on a full scholarship and received a B.A. in psychology in 1971. Bob was a professional musician for four years, and in 1973 his band recorded an album, now available digitally. In 1975, Prechter began his financial career by joining Merrill Lynch’s Market Analysis Department under the tutelage of Robert J. Farrell and in 1976 began issuing Elliott-wave analysis of the financial markets. In 1979, Prechter founded Elliott Wave International and began publishing monthly market analysis under the masthead, The Elliott Wave Theorist. Elliott Wave International now employs a staff of analysts who apply the Wave Principle to all major markets around the world, around the clock. Prechter served as a member of the board of the Market Technicians Association for nine years and as the MTA’s President in 1990-1991. He is a member of the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA) and the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts (AAPTA). Prechter founded the Socionomics Institute, which hosted academic researchers at its Social Mood Summit from 2011 through 2016 and publishes the monthly Socionomist on society and culture. The Socionomics Foundation supports academic research in the field. Prechter has written twenty books on finance. Elliott Wave Principle has been translated into a dozen languages, and Conquer the Crash was a New York Times bestseller. Prechter has co-authored three academic papers on socionomics. He has made many speeches and media appearances around the world. His lectures on socionomics at Cambridge, Oxford, Trinity and MIT have been preserved on video. In 2008 and 2010, the Georgia legislature invited Prechter to testify before its Joint Economic Committee regarding the state’s real estate and economic crises. In 2009, EWI’s book-publishing division, New Classics Library, published Lewis Little’s The Theory of Elementary Waves, which postulates a purely physical theory of sub-atomic physics. Prechter’s articles on the Shakespeare authorship question have been published in journals and newsletters. Bob is a member of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship and the Triple Nine Society.