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Who are Stanford University's Most influential alumni?
Stanford University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Computer Science, Communications, and Engineering. Stanford University’s most academically influential people include John Steinbeck, Elon Musk, and Vint Cerf.
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How does this school stack up?
Stanford University was founded by Leland Stanford, a wealthy railroad magnate and erstwhile US Senator from California, as well as a former Governor of the Golden State. He placed the university in an unincorporated area about 30 miles south of San Francisco, adjacent to the town of Palo Alto (which he also founded). The campus lies in what is now known as Silicon Valley, which contributes greatly to the immense intellectual and economic influence of the private, research university that still bears the Stanford family name. Today, Stanford University is perhaps the closest thing to a true Ivy League school on the West Coast.
The university can claim more than 80 Nobel laureates among its alumni and its full-time or visiting faculty, including:
Stanford is also the world-leader in Turing Awards (for computer science) with 27 winners, including such luminaries as:
Another area of particular academic strength for Stanford is mathematics, as evidenced by the school’s eight Fields Medalists, including Maryam Mirzakhani and Akshay Venkatesh.
However, the particular area of strength that really sets Stanford apart from most other schools boasting similar academic firepower is its contribution to the world of business, especially successful start-up companies. Stanford is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires, including:
Its alumni have founded companies which combined have created 5.4 million jobs and generate $2.7 trillion in annual revenue (as of 2011). If these Stanford-connected companies were to join together and declare their independence, the country they would form would have the 10th-largest economy in the world!
Stanford is also the alma mater of many famous people from numerous other walks of life, including:
Finally, with a library whose enormous collection contains more than nine million volumes, Stanford is a major research resource for the entire West Coast region across a wide variety of academic fields.