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2012 Heroes

Craig Barrett

Craig Barrett
Craig Barrett is the retired CEO and chair of semiconductor giant Intel Corp., where he rose through the company’s ranks to become president in 1997 and CEO a year later. More
 
 

Andreas Bechtolsheim

Andreas Bechtolsheim
Andreas “Andy” Bechtolsheim built the path-breaking SUN workstation while working as a doctoral student at Stanford in computer science and electrical engineering. More
 
 

Morris Chang

Morris Chang
Morris Chang is the founding chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), a pioneer of the dedicated integrated circuit foundry model. More
 
 

George Dantzig

George Dantzig
A trained mathematician, George Dantzig (1914-2005) is known as the "father" of linear programming and the “simplex algorithm.” More
 
 

Theodore Maiman

Theodore Maiman
Theodore “Ted” Maiman (1927-2007) holds U.S. Patent 3,353,115 for the world’s first working laser. More
 
 
 

Bradford Parkinson

Brad Parkinson
Bradford Parkinson is chief architect of the now-ubiquitous Global Positioning System (GPS), whose design he led as a U.S. Air Force colonel in 1973. More

 

Calvin Quate

Calvin Quate
Calvin “Cal” Quate is the brilliant mind behind acoustic and atomic force microscopy. More
 

 

Stephen Timoshenko

Stephen Timoshenko
Stephen Timoshenko (1878-1972) was a renowned expert, teacher and writer widely regarded as the "father" of applied mechanics in the U.S. More