Martine Aliana Rothblatt Ph.D, MBA, J.D. (born 1954 as Martin Rothblatt) is an American lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. Rothblatt graduated from UCLA with a combined law and MBA degree in 1981, then began work in Washington, D.C., first in the field of communication satellite law, and eventually in life sciences projects like the Human Genome Project. She is currently the founder and CEO of United Therapeutics and in 2007 was the second-most highly compensated executive in the District of Columbia.[1]

Early life Edit


Telecommunications Edit

Rothblatt is responsible for launching several communications satellite companies, including the first nationwide vehicle location system (Geostar, 1983), the first private international spacecom project (PanAmSat, 1984), the first global satellite radio network (WorldSpace, 1990), and the first non-geostationary satellite-to-car broadcasting system (Sirius Satellite Radio, 1990).

Law Edit

As an attorney-entrepreneur, Rothblatt was also responsible for leading the efforts to obtain worldwide approval, via new international treaties, of satellite orbit/spectrum allocations for space-based navigation services (1987) and for direct-to-person satellite radio transmissions (1992). She also lead the International Bar Association's biopolitical project to develop a draft Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights for the United Nations (whose final version was adopted by the UNESCO on 11 November 1997, and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1998).

Biotechnology Edit

In the late 1990s, Rothblatt entered the world of the life sciences by founding a medical biotechnology company (United Therapeutics, 1996).

Personal life Edit

In 1982, Martin Rothblatt married Bina Aspen, an African-American woman. The two of them have four children (from oldest to second youngest) Eli, Sunee, Gabriel, and Jenesis. In 1994, Rothblatt underwent sex reassignment surgery to become a male-to-female transgender named Martine Aliana Rothblatt. She has since become a vocal advocate of transgenderism. [2]

Philanthropy Edit

In 2004, Rothblatt launched the “Terasem Movement”, a transhumanist school of thought focused on promoting joy, diversity, and the prospect of technological immortality. Through a charitable foundation, leaders of this school convene publicly accessible symposia, publish explanatory analyses, conduct demonstration projects, issue grants, and encourage public awareness and adherence to Terasem values and goals. The movement maintains "Terasem Island" on the Internet-based virtual world Second Life. Rothblatt is also a founding member of the Order of Cosmic Engineers, a collective of scientists and engineers seeking to build a techno-utopia. Both the Terasem Movement and the Order of Cosmic Engineers have described themselves in a way that leaves them open to being criticized and dismissed as pseudoreligions of fringe science.

Media appearances Edit

On December 14th, 2006, on The Howard Stern Show, Stern mentioned meeting Martine Rothblatt, and started a discussion on the public confusion over her gender, in which he referred to her as “the Martine Luther Queen of radio”.

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  1. Heath, Thomas (2008-07-28). "Who Got What in a Slowing Economy", The Washington Post, The Washington Post Company, pp. 2. Retrieved on 29 July 2008. 
  2. Lewyn, Mark (Sep 2006). "Space Case". Wired. Retrieved on 2008-10-08.