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Chade-Meng Tan (Chinese: 陳一鳴), known informally as Meng, is a software engineer and meditator working at Google and known for greeting celebrities who visit the Google campus. He is Google employee number 107 and his job title is Jolly Good Fellow. He joined Google in 2000 after working for five years at Kent Ridge Digital Laboratories in Singapore. At Google, he worked for eight years in Engineering on projects such as mobile search. He then worked for two years as the Head of Personal Growth and is now a member of their Talent Team. In these latter roles, he has written a motivational course and the associated book called Search Inside Yourself has become a New York Times bestseller.
Sharon Salzberg is a New York Times Best selling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. In 1974, she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein.
Kabat-Zinn was born in New York City in 1944 to Elvin Kabat, a biomedical scientist, and Sally Kabat, a painter. He graduated from Haverford College and went on to earn a Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1971 from MIT, where he studied under Salvador Luria, Nobel Laureate in medicine. Kabat-Zinn was born Jewish but has stated that his beliefs growing up were a fusion of science and art. Although he has been trained in Buddhist principles, he does not identify as a Buddhist, preferring to think of himself as a scientist. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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