Silicon Valley's place as a hotbed of innovation is well-documented, but how did its trailblazers take it there?
What lessons can they pass on to help today's young tinkerers avoid their mistakes and transform their own
inspirations into reality?
Revolutionaries takes a new look at the inspiration behind 18 of Silicon Valley's top technology and
science pioneers the men and women who forged ground-breaking research, products or businesses, often in
the face of long odds and seemingly insurmountable hurdles. Discover here the innovators' early interests in
science, guidance for young people excited by technology today, and thoughts on the future.
The Tech Museum of Innovation and the San Jose Mercury News spent many
Sundays (from January to April, 1997) speaking with these visionaries, and each hour-long conversation was joined
by a high school student, who indeed had questions of their own.
A common thread emerged from the interviews despite the gulf of time and experience separating the subjects.
Many of the men and women interviewed are deeply troubled by and highly critical of the U.S.
educational system, particularly when it comes to technology.
Photographs by Len Lahman, Mercury News Staff Photographer