Dan Hurwitz is an American author and professional engineer.
He graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1950 with a B. S. in Structural Engineering (science and engineering honor societies). During his tour of duty in the Korean War as a naval reserve officer, he received a patent on a specialized surveying transit and shortly after discharge was awarded a second patent on a celestial navigation drafting device.
In 1970 he and his wife, Camilla, formed On-Line Data, Inc., a computer software shop offering a proprietary set of programs for manufacturers of wood building components. In 1995 the Hurwitz's and Dr. Phil Zwart, the company's vice president, were awarded the Automated Builder Achievement in Housing Award.
Since his retirement from On-Line in 1996, Hurwitz has devoted his time to writing. His articles have appeared in Liberty Magazine, The Independent Review, and the World Future Society's website. In 2011, he published "Homage to Luxenben, Adventures on a Utopian Planet."
Hurwitz maintains a literary e-quarterly blog in which, every three months, he posts articles on politics, economics, social questions, and religion. From time to time, short stories also make it to the list. Rather than simply carping on what he finds wrong with the world, Hurwitz puts on his can-do engineer's cap and seeks out solutions--often widely divergent from popular opinion. A sense of the blog's character is conveyed by the Samuel Butler quotation on its masthead: "I have never written on any subject unless I believed the authorities on it were hopelessly wrong."
The blog can be found on www.writersnotebook.org.