A native New Yorker, Danielson studied philosophy at Univ. of Michigan, Princeton, and University of Toronto, with a focus on political philosophy, ethics, game theory, and cognitive science. Having taught Philosophy and Computer Science at York Univ, Danielson came to UBC in 1990 as one of two founding faculty of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. Through a generous donation from the Young family, he became the Mary and Mary Young Professor of Applied Ethics in 2001 and Director of the Centre in 2002. With Michael Burgess, he lead the successor to the Genome Canada funded project, Democracy, Ethics, and Genomics; his research group focused on computer mediated communication and social networking to advance survey methods in applied ethics. 2009 – 2015 he taught a core course in UBC’s Cognitive Systems programme, bring a new focus on the ethics of robotics and AI as well as the neuro- and social scientific basis of ethics in people and machines. He continues this research and public outreach as a Professor Emeritus in the Centre.