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Ph.D., Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, Princeton University, 1983

M.A., Mathematical Economics, Princeton University, 1981

M.S., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979

B.A., Mathematics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979

Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, California, 1974 – 1976

Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, California, 1974


Employment History

Intellectual Ventures, LLC

2000 - Present:

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Microsoft Corporation

1996 – 2000

Chief Technology Officer  

Executive Committee


1994 – 1996

Group Vice President

Office of the President

Applications and Content

1993 – 1994

Senior Vice President

Advanced Technology

1990 – 1993

Vice President

Advanced Technology and Business Development

1988 – 1990


Advanced Technology and Business Development

1986 – 1988


Special Projects

Dynamical Systems Research, Inc.

1984 – 1986

President and CEO


University of Cambridge

1983 – 1984

SERC Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Applied Math and Theoretical Physics



  • Affiliate Research Associate of Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies Research and Collections Division
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Academy of Achievement
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • American Physical Society
  • Americans for Alaska
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 
  • Computer History Museum
  • Conservation International
  • Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
  • Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Microscopy Society of America
  • National Museum of Science and Industry, London
  • National Parks and Conservation Association
  • North American Photography Association (NANPA)
  • Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
  • SETI Institute
  • Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
  • The Paleontological Society
  • The World Atlatl Association (WAA)
  • The United Way, Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Million Dollar Roundtable
  • University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Club


Non-Profit Boards

  • Advisory Council, Department of Physics, Princeton University
  • Advisory Board, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Advisory Board, Department of Physics, University of Washington*
  • Advisory Board, School of Engineering, Stanford University
  • Board of Directors, Networks, Electronic Commerce, and Telecommunications (NET) Institute*
  • Board of Trustees, The National Museum of Science and Industry (Science Museum), London
  • Honorary Council, Computer History Museum*
  • National Advisory Board, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University*
  • National Board of Advisors, Children’s Scholarship Fund
  • Visiting Committee, University of Washington Advisory Council*


Offices Held and Consultantships

  • Advisory Board, Forstmann Little & Co.
  • Advisory Board, Ignition LLC*
  • Advisory Board, Intelligent Medical Devices LLC*
  • Board of Directors, DreamWorks Animation SKG*
  • National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, 1994-1996 (as appointed by the late Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown)
  • Research Advisory Council, Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute


(* currently active)

Featured Affiliations and Awards
  • James Beard Award Winner
  • Grande Diplome, Ecole De La Varenne in Burgundy
  • Awards & Honors