About Jay Harman

As the world increasingly seeks environmentally-friendly solutions to more complex problems, Jay Harman’s biomimetic message gains more and more attention.

Described as a “visionary” and “futurist” by the Science Channel, Jay’s expertise couldn’t be more timely. An award-winning entrepreneur and biomimetic inventor, Jay Harman has taken a hands-on approach to his lifelong fascination with the deep patterns found in nature. In the process, he has founded and grown multi-million-dollar research and manufacturing companies that develop, patent, and license innovative products, ranging from prize-winning watercraft to interlocking building bricks, afterburners for aircraft engines, and non-invasive technology for measuring blood glucose and other electrolytes. He is credited with being among the first pioneering scientists to make biomimicry—the science of employing nature in advancing sustainable technology—a cornerstone of modern and future engineering. His latest ventures—PAX Scientific and its subsidiaries—design more efficient industrial equipment including refrigeration, turbines, fans, mixers, and pumps based on Jay’s revolutionary concepts.

To say he can’t sit for very long in one place is putting it mildly. Aside from his entrepreneurial exploits, Jay started a boarding school to teach kids about the environment in Australia, became a champion skin diver, sailed his own yacht 27,000 miles on the Indian Ocean, restored the sister ship to Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso—and made it his mission to bring the subject of biomimicry to the public.

Born and raised in Australia, Jay started his career as a naturalist with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, but quickly demonstrated talents as an inventor. In 1982, he founded ERG, Ltd, which grew into one of Australia’s largest technology firms with a capital value as high as $3 billion. Since then, Jay has been at the helm of companies recognized as global leaders in their respective fields. The culmination of Jay’s work is the development of “Nature’s Streamlining Principle,” a guideline for translating nature’s extraordinary efficiencies into industrial applications.

Jay’s goal—both as an author and an entrepreneur—is to show industry that improving the efficiency of industrial equipment is beneficial for both the bottom line, and the planet.


In 2015, Jay was appointed as one of the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors.  Read more

In 2013, Jay was made an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.  Named after the 14th Prime Minister of Australia, Curtin is the largest university in Western Australia, with an enrollment of 40,000.  The university maintains campuses in Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, and hosts the Australian Sustainable Development Institute.

About the PAX companies

Since 2000, Jay Harman has served as CEO and chief inventor for PAX Scientific, a Marin county engineering research and design firm founded with Francesca Bertone. The PAX family of companies employs natural geometries to design energy-efficient, quiet, and ecologically friendly technology.

PAX Scientific and its subsidiaries use streamlining geometries to research and develop fluid-handling technologies such as fans, pumps, mixers, radiators, and marine hull design.

About Nature of Hope

Nature of Hope is a public charity that promotes and develops biomimicry curriculum and demonstration projects. The organization mission is to provide educators with simple but effective biomimicry curriculum content and hands-on projects—and give students of all ages a window into a future of evolutionary technologies, design in partnership with nature.

Profits from The Shark’s Paintbrush will support Nature of Hope and other biomimicry non-profits, to inspire optimism and enthusiasm for a naturally sustainable future.

Nature of Hope is also listed as a charitable organization on AmazonSmile. When you shop for items using AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

About White Cloud Press

Since its founding in 1993, White Cloud Press has been publishing acclaimed works on Ecology, Politics, Yoga, World Religions, Mysticism and Spirituality. White Cloud titles and authors have been praised by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Parade, People, Tikkun, Chronicle of Higher Education and been featured on CNN, Nightline, PBS, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and, perhaps our very favorite moment in the media spotlight, the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.