The Revolutionaries


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Nolan Bushnell

Founder, Atari
1/19/97


Gordon Moore

Intel
1/26/97


Alejandro Zaffaroni

Founder, Alza
2/2/97


Janese Swanson

GirlTech
2/9/97


Bill Hewlett

Hewlett Packard
2/16/97


John Warnock

Adobe Systems
4/6/97


Suhas Patil

Cirrus Logic
3/16/97


Al Shugart

Seagate
5/4/97


Carl Djerassi

Inventor
4/13/97


Bob Metcalfe

Networking
3/2/97


Carol Bartz

Autodesk
3/30/97

High-Tech Overachievers
Pioneers find little to like in school system

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




Hewlett, Patil, and Swanson

 

Introduction...
As a curious college student, Bill Hewlett blew up door knobs. Janese Swanson, who developed an online site for girls, took appliances apart. Suhas Patil, co-founder of Cirrus Logic Inc., followed his father around, asking questions all the time...

Story by Jill Wolfson and Joyce Gemperlein
(San Jose Mercury News), January 12, 1997



Steve Wozniak

Co-founder, Apple
2/23/97


David Lam

Lam research
3/23/97


Mike Hackworth

Cirrus Logic
5/11/97


Paul Saffo

Futurist
4/20/97


Sylvia Earle

Oceanographer
3/9/97


Ann Winblad

Venture Capitalist
4/27/97


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