Randall Patrick Munroe (born October 17, 1984) is an American webcomic author, former NASA roboticist, and the creator of the webcomic xkcd. He and the webcomic have developed a cult following, and after leaving NASA he became a professional webcomic artist. Munroe was a fan of the funny pages from an early age, starting off with Calvin and Hobbes. After graduating from the Chesterfield County Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill: A Renaissance Program, he graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2006 with a degree in physics. Munroe worked as an Independent contracting roboticist for NASA at the Langley Research Center before and after his graduation. In October 2006 NASA did not renew his contract and he began to write xkcd full-time. He now supports himself by the sale of xkcd related merchandise. The webcomic quickly became very popular, garnering up to 70 million hits a month by October 2007.
He has also toured the lecture circuit, giving speeches at such places as Google's Googleplex in Mountain View, California.
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