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John T. Chambers

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1949, John T. Chambers holds a bachelor's degree in business studies and a law degree from West Virginia University, and an MBA from Indiana University.  Chambers became CEO of Cisco in 1995, after 20 years in IT sales for IBM and Wang Labs. A natural communicator, he soon made his name as an enthusiast who believed the net world change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. He made sure that Cisco took a leading role in making that happen, buying up firms like StrataCom and Cerent in order to build a dominant footprint in the online infrastructure market.
Chambers also attracted top people to the company and proved himself a natural manager, as interested in people as technology. By the turn of the millennium, Cisco was the most valuable company in the world, with a market capitalization of $550 billion, but when the tech bubble burst, Cisco's value evaporated, dropping to $100 billion. Remarkably, Chambers survived, a testament not only to shareholders faith in him but also to the way in which he handled the calamity - he openly admitted his mistakes and was therefore allowed to carry on.

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Sabeer Bhatia

Sabeer Bhatia born on December 30, 1968 is the co-founder of Hotmail and an entrepreneur. Bhatia was born to a Punjabi Hindu family in Chandigarh, India. His father, Baldev Bhatia, was as an officer in the Indian Army who later joined the Indian Ministry of Defence, while his mother, Daman Bhatia, was a senior official at the Central Bank of India. Sabeer Bhatia an ordinary guy from banglore came to Los Angeles in September 1988. He was 19 at that time and had only $250 in his pocket and knew nobody in America. Sabeer went to Stanford University in 1989 to pursue his M.S. in Electrical Engineering. At Stanford, he worked on Ultra Low Power VLSI Design. Sabeer intended to complete his degrees and go back to India to work with some Large Indian Company as an engineer. Sabeer did his MS in 1993. Sabeer thought that one should be superhuman to start a company and it was an impossible task for him.

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Arthur C. Clarke PDF Print E-mail
Arthur C. Clarke

The achievements of Arthur C. Clarke, unique among his peers, bridge the arts and sciences. His works and his authorship have ranged from scientific discovery to science fiction, from technical application to entertainment, and have made a global impact on the lives of present and future generations. Arthur C. Clarke was the son of an English farming family, born in the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset, England on December 16, 1917. In 1998, his lifetime work was recognized by H.M. The Queen when he was honored with a Knighthood – formally conferred by Prince Charles in Sri Lanka two years later. He passed away in Sri Lanka on March 19, 2008. After attending schools in his home county, Arthur Clarke moved to London in 1936 and pursued his early interest in space sciences by joining the British Interplanetary Society. He started to contribute to the BIS Bulletin and began to write science fiction. As with so many young men at the time, World War II interrupted in 1939 and he joined the RAF, eventually becoming an officer in charge of the first radar talk-down equipment, the Ground Controlled Approach, during its experimental trials. Later, his only non-science-fiction novel, Glide Path, was based on this work. After the war, he returned to London and to the BIS, becoming its president in 1947-50 and again in 1953.
In 1945, a UK periodical magazine “Wireless World” published his landmark technical paper "Extra-terrestrial Relays" in which he first set out the principles of satellite communication with satellites in geostationary orbits - a speculation realized 25 years later. During the evolution of his discovery, he worked with scientists and engineers in the USA in the development of spacecraft and launch systems, and addressed the United Nations during their deliberations on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Spac.

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Edgar Frank "Ted" Codd PDF Print E-mail
Edgar Frank

Edgar Frank "Ted" Codd was an English computer scientist who, while working for IBM, invented the relational model for databasemanagement, the theoretical basis for relational databases (see also database management system). He made other valuable contributions to computer science, but the relational model, a very influential general theory of data management, remains his most mentioned achievement
Edgar Frank Codd was born on the Isle of Portland in England. After attending Poole Grammar School, he studied mathematics and chemistry at Exeter College, Oxford, before serving as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. In 1948, he moved to New York to work for IBM as a mathematical programmer. In 1953, angered by Senator Joseph McCarthy, Codd moved to Ottawa, Canada. A decade later he returned to the U.S. and received his doctorate in computer science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Two years later he moved to San Jose, California, to work atIBM's San Jose Research Laboratory, where he continued to work until the 1980s. During the 1990s, his health deteriorated and he ceased work. Codd received the Turing Award in 1981, and in 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Codd died of heart failure at his home in Williams Island, Florida, at the age of 79 on April 18, 2003.

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Kenneth Harry Olsen

In 1957, American engineer Kenneth Harry Olsen, with colleague Harlan Anderson, co-founded Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), with a venture capital provided by Georges Doriot’s American Research and Development Corporation. DEC was a pioneering American company in the computer industry with the products Programmed Data Processor (PDP) and Virtual Address eXtension (VAX) as it’s most popular minicomputers for the scientific and engineering industries during the 1970s and 1980s. DEC built small digital “modules” that ran engineering and scientific experiments. In June 1998, Compaq acquired DEC and eventually merged with Hewlett-Packard in May 2002. He encouraged innovations in the field of engineering, and he valued technical excellence. In fact, the innovator even developed an engineering matrix management that is presently being used by many industries.
Ken Olsen was named by Fortune Magazine as “America’s most successful entrepreneur” in 1986 and a biography of him entitled, “The Ultimate Entrepreneur: The Story of Ken Olsen and Digital Equipment Corporation,” came out in 1988. Glenn Rifkin and George Harrar wrote the book.In 1992, Ken Olsen left DEC. He shortly became the chairman of Advanced Modular Solutions. Ken Olsen became a trustee of the Gordon College in Massachusetts where its science center was named after him in 2006. The said center has a lobby that features the Digital Equipment Corporation Loggia of Technology, a lobby that has a record of DEC’s technology and history. Prior to DEC, Olsen worked at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory with Anderson on the TX-2 computer, a transistor-based computer using the then massive amount of 64K 36-bit words of memory. Olsen has Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He constantly gave donations to The Family, a secretive, political Christian organization. Olsen was born on February 20, 1926 in Stratford, Connecticut.

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