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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

Modernist Cuisine

2005-Present Founder  

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


Non-Profit Boards

  • Honorary Council, Computer History Museum*
  • National Advisory Board, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University
  • Board of Trustees, National Museum of Science and Industry, London
  • Advisory Council, Department of Molecular Biology and Department of Physics, Princeton University
  • Board of Directors, The Large Synoptc Survey Telescope Corp., Research Corp, University of Arizona & University of Washington
  • Advisory Board, Department of Physics, University of Washington
  • Advisory Council, Visiting Commieee, University of Washington
  • Advisory Board, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Natonal Board of Advisors, Children’s Scholarship Fund
  • Board of Directors, Networks, Electronic Commerce, and Telecommunicatons (NET) Insttute
  • Board of Advisors, NOVA
  • Advisory Board, School of Engineering, Stanford University 

Offices Held and Consultantships

  • Vice Chairman, TerraPower*
  • Board of Directors, Kymeta
  • 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