John L. Hennessy, President of Stanford University

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John L. Hennessy is the 10th President of Stanford University and a pioneer of computer architecture.


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John Hennessy started at Stanford as an associate professor in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and assumed Presidency in 2000. A technologist at the core, President Hennessy pioneered a computer assembly language called MIPS in 1981 and started a company, MIPS Computer Systems, in 1984. As Stanford’s 10th president, he oversees the University from various perspectives and sits at the intersection of academics, technology, and the corporate world.
In this interview, he talks about his role as the President, the early years of running a startup, current issues Stanford University faces, and the future of information technology. He also gives advice to prospective students and budding entrepreneurs.
He is currently on the board at Google, Cisco Systems, and Atheros Communications, and has written two foundational books on computer architecture and assembly language.
– Min Liu of iinnovate

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2 Responses to “John L. Hennessy, President of Stanford University”

  1. ann allen says:

    Dear Dr. Hennesy,
    As an alumna, I am embarrassed and angry that you employ Joel Beinin.
    He is despicable and his view should not be taught to impressionable students.
    Ann Allen “53

  2. AndreySmolin says:

    Dear Dr. Hennessy,
    Is it possible to get any information on the history of my coperation with Stanford University since 1987 up to 2000 ? In USA and Stanford I was only one time (1997).
    Best regards !
    A.Smolin

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