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John Hennessy
Stanford University

John L. Hennessy joined Stanford's faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. He rose through the academic ranks to full professorship in 1986 and was the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1987 to 2004. He served as chair of computer science from 1994 to 1996 and, in 1996, was named dean of the School of Engineering.

In 1999, Hennessy was named provost, the university's chief academic and financial officer. As provost, he continued his efforts to foster interdisciplinary activities in the biosciences and bioengineering and oversaw improvements in faculty and staff compensation. In October 2000, he was inaugurated as Stanford University's 10th president.

A pioneer in computer architecture, in 1981, Hennessy drew together researchers to focus on a computer architecture known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), a technology that has revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. In addition to his role in basic research, Hennessy helped transfer this technology to industry. In 1984, he co-founded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs microprocessors.

Honored with many computing and engineering awards over his career, Hennessy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Hennessy earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master's and doctoral degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Last Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015


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Category Title Author/Speaker Organization Length Date
Podcast Innovation as the Crux of Entrepreneurship John Hennessy Stanford 01:01:07 02/2009
Podcast The Role of Entrepreneurship in Solving World Problems Tom Byers · Kavita Ramdas · Paul Yock · John Hennessy · Brook Byers · Jeff Koseff · Chip Blacker · KR Sridhar eWeek Panel Discussion 01:22:44 02/2007
Video Changing the World through Innovation John Hennessy Artist/Entrepreneur 04:32 11/2009
Video Take a Chance at the Edge of Innovation John Hennessy Stanford 03:56 02/2009
Video The Successful Leap from Research Lab to Enterprise John Hennessy Stanford 02:51 02/2009
Video University Collaboration and Research John Hennessy Stanford 02:57 02/2009
Video Encouraging Cross-Disciplinary Interaction John Hennessy Stanford 02:50 02/2009
Video Launching a New University John Hennessy Stanford 02:44 02/2009
Video Tying Pay to Performance John Hennessy Stanford 02:16 02/2009
Video Silicon Valley: History and Secret John Hennessy Stanford 03:37 04/2004
Video Faculty and Startups: Conflict of Interest or Conflict of Commitment? John Hennessy Stanford 02:06 04/2004
Video Observations on the Biotech and Biomedical Devices Space John Hennessy Stanford 03:20 04/2004
Video A Good Team Needs Technical and Non-technical People John Hennessy Stanford 03:02 04/2004
Video If You're So Smart, How Come You're Not Rich? John Hennessy Stanford 03:08 04/2004
Video The Way to Predict the Future is to Invent It John Hennessy Stanford 03:25 04/2004
Video The Downside of Silicon Valley John Hennessy Stanford 01:41 04/2004
Video Envisioning New Centers of Entrepreneurial Activity John Hennessy Stanford 01:04 04/2004
Video Bioengineering: Supporting Innovation Across Disciplines in a University Setting John Hennessy Stanford 02:33 04/2004
Video Opportunities in Social Entrepreneurship John Hennessy Stanford 01:42 04/2004
Video Gravity Pro-B: Government Projects and Spin-off Companies John Hennessy Stanford 02:31 04/2004