Born in Taiwan, Jensen Huang studied at Oregon State University before receiving his master’s degree in electrical engineering at Stanford in 1992.
The following year he founded NVIDIA, which started out in PC graphics and helped build the gaming market into the largest entertainment industry in the world. Its invention of the graphics processing unit (GPU) in 1999 made possible real-time programmable shading, which defines modern computer graphics, and later helped revolutionize parallel computing. More recently, GPU computing has helped drive the development of modern artificial intelligence applications. Huang and his wife, Lori, are benefactors to numerous organizations, including Stanford School of Engineering. The Huang Engineering Center bears his name.