Jon Perry is an artist and science advocate. He founded Stated Clearly in 2012 with the creation of his first science animation What is DNA and how does it work?
He started the project after noting that the scientific community is having trouble engaging the public through traditional means of lectures, journal publications, and book sales. Though Jon has little formal training in science, he believed that if he could create just one good animation on his own, scientists and educators would realize the potential of this project and help him create more.
"I could not be happier with my decision to start this project. Dozens of people have since joined our team, many of them give their talents for free. Researchers in the field have contributed hours of their time, pouring over my scripts, answering my ridiculous questions over the phone, and analyzing my illustrations for accuracy. These include scientific giants like Dr. Beatrice H. Hahn who helped discover the origin of HIV, famous whale paleontologist Dr. Philip D. Gingerich, and many others."