After attending a Business School in France, Matthias Johannsson decided to move to Iceland where he has been living for the past forty years.
He spent 10 years at sea, fishing cod, haddock, catfish, monkfish, ocean perch, halibut, shrimp and other species, some of them unknown to the general public.
All the while he learned carpentry and started to refurbish old houses and farms transforming them into guesthouses and restaurants.
His activities allowed him a nice share of spare time, mostly in the winter, to study
mathematics ( transfinite numbers), a little cosmology ( a multiverse ?), a layman approach to particle physics (bosons of Higgs yes, string theory maybe), and a glimpse of formal logic ( from Hilbert to Russel to Gödel). In 2003, independently of Carbon Recycling International he designed a process for transforming carbon dioxide directly into methanol.
Now retired, he is currently running a small (refurbished cow-shed) hotel in the west of Iceland in the summertime while speculating in the wintertime on ways to improve on the original idea of renewable methanol from carbon dioxide, which will be the subject of the presentation at the 2012 forum in Lyon.