Summary of “From Stanford University President to Chairman of Alphabet/Google”

When John Hennessy announced in 2015 that he was stepping down as president of Stanford University the following year, he said, “The time has come to return to what brought me to Stanford-teaching and research.”
Hennessy this week was named the new chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.
His main gig over the decades has been as a professor-and then dean of engineering, provost, and president before going back to professor-at Stanford University.
I’ve spoken to Hennessy a number of times over the years as his career evolved-always a great interview, for Hennessy is known for his sense of humor, and his willingness to be blunt on occasion.
Hennessy built his first computer, a machine that played tic-tac-toe, back in the 1960s, when he was 16.
As a Stanford professor in the early 1980s, Hennessy worked with Forest Baskett and Jim Clark on the chip that became the Geometry Engine and launched Silicon Graphics.
While he took short sabbaticals, or sometime dialed back his Stanford job to a more part-time commitment, he never actually left Stanford, moving between teaching and administration, and becoming president in 2000.
Hennessy stepped down as president-and back into his former post as a professor-in 2016.

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