Eric Schmidt

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1955 –

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Who is Eric Schmidt?

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited

Eric Schmidt from Novell, where he led that company's strategic

planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO.

Since coming to Google, Eric has focused on building the corporate

infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid growth as a company

and on ensuring that quality remains high while product development

cycle times are kept to a minimum. Along with Larry and Sergey, Eric

shares responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations. Eric's Novell

experience culminated a 20-year record of achievement as an Internet

strategist, entrepreneur and developer of great technologies. His

well-seasoned perspective perfectly complements Google's needs as a

young and rapidly growing search engine with a unique corporate culture.


to his appointment at Novell, Eric was chief technology officer and

corporate executive officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he led the

development of Java, Sun's platform-independent programming technology,

and defined Sun's Internet software strategy. Before joining Sun in

1983, he was a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab

at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and held positions at Bell

Laboratories and Zilog. Eric has a bachelor's degree in electrical

engineering from Princeton University, and a master's and Ph.D. in

computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006,

Eric was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which

recognized his work on "the development of strategies for the world's

most successful Internet search engine company." In 2007, Eric was

inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Hellman


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Apr 27, 1955
Washington, D.C.
Also known as
  • Eric Emerson Schmidt
  • White American
  • United States of America
  • Bachelor's degree, Princeton University
    Electrical engineering
    ( - 1976)
  • Master's Degree, University of California, Berkeley
    Computer Science
    ( - 1979)
  • Doctorate, University of California, Berkeley
    Computer Science
    ( - 1982)
  • Yorktown High School
    (1968/09 - 1972/06)
  • Executive Chairman, Google
    (2011 - )
  • Chief Executive Officer, Google
    (2001/08 - 2011/04)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Novell
    (1997 - 2001)
  • Corporate Executive Officer and CTO, Sun Microsystems
    (1983 - 1997)
  • PARC
    ( - 1983)
  • Zilog
    ( - 1983)
  • Bell Labs
    ( - 1983)
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    ( - 1997)
Lived in
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Blacksburg
  • Atherton

on July 23, 2013


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