Former President, Stanford University
An electrical engineer and computer scientist, Professor John Hennessy was President of Stanford University, California from 2000-2016. He joined the faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor, becoming a full professor in 1986. While on sabbatical leave from 1984 to 1985, Hennessy cofounded MIPS Computer Systems (now MIPS Technologies), commercialising the RSIC chip architecture he helped pioneer. The author of several standard texts on computer architecture, Hennessy was also involved in the development of the Flash multimedia platform.
Hennessy is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a board member of Google and Cisco Systems.