Michael Prolman discovered his gift for teaching when he delivered his first lecture at age 15, on Cerebral Edema, as a National Science Foundation Fellow. After graduating from Boston University with a B.A. in Philosophy (Summa Cum Laude) he was employed by Wang Laboratories and Computervision (then Fortune 1000 companies) as a technical instructor.
His first business enterprise, at age 23, was Bridges, a newspaper containing personal ads, distributed to colleges and universities in the Boston area.
He went on to co-found a database training and consulting company. During this time, he designed and built the original Weapons Importation Tracking System for the US government. He also designed and built a medical records tracking system for a chain of psychiatric hospitals.
After seeing the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on his grandmother in the late 1980’s, he applied for and was awarded an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant from the National Institutes of Health, to develop a pill dispenser using artificial intelligence.
After seeing a demonstration of the Web at MIT in early 1994, he immediately decided to focus exclusively on Web publishing. His first project was creating a website called UNCAT (The Catalog of UNCATaloged Titles), which gave over 100 nonprofit organizations their first exposure on the Web. Organizations included: Earth Island Institute, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and National Brain Tumor Foundation. Later in 1994, National Public Radio selected UNCAT as one of its ten favorite websites. He published this site, free of charge for all nonprofits, for over a decade.
During the next few years Michael published websites on various topics, including one displaying agency-represented fashion models, selected by Elle magazine as one of the top fashion websites three years in a row.
In 1999, he published the original version of LifeWisdom.com. In 2006, he published water.info, a website about water technologies, especially those used by nonprofit organizations, for developing countries. In 2011, Michael taught his first Introduction to Wisdom class.
Michael’s interests include the martial arts (he studied Krav Maga and Jujitsu), classical music (he was a violinist in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra) and dance (he won medals in the New England ballroom dance championships and founded the Boston University Ballroom Dance Association).