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Nathan Myhrvold founded Intellectual Ventures after retiring as chief strategist and chief technology officer of Microsoft Corporation. During his 14 years at Microsoft, Nathan founded Microsoft Research and numerous technology groups. He has always been an avid inventor. To date, he has been awarded hundreds of patents and has hundreds of patents pending.

Before joining Microsoft, Nathan was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of applied mathematics and theoretical physics at Cambridge University, and he worked with Professor Stephen Hawking.  He earned a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics and a master's degree in mathematical economics from Princeton University, and he also has a master's degree in geophysics and space physics and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from UCLA.

His recent accomplishments include creating and co-authoring the award-winning cookbook, Modernist Cuisine (2011), and Modernist Cuisine at Home (2012), which takes modernist cooking techniques and makes them more accessible to the home cook.


Nathan is a prolific author. Although “author” has never been a formal day job, his memos and research papers are often people’s first introduction to Nathan. Read some of his essays & columns or books of which he has co-authored, contributed or authored.

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