M Names: Famous People in Technology

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McNealy, Scott

Co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 and became CEO in 1984. McNealy graduated from Harvard with a BA in economics and from Stanford with an MBA. While at Stanford, he started a company known as SUN, originally an acronym for the Stanford University Network, which eventually became Sun Microsystems. In 1995, Sun released its Java language — the first software platform to allow any application to work with any operating system — which has had an enormous impact on the development of Internet technology and has proven to be tough competition for Microsoft.

Metcalfe, Bob

Founded the networking company 3Com in 1979. Metcalfe is the co-inventor of Ethernet, which he developed with David Boggs while working as a researcher at Xerox PARC. In 1976, Metcalfe moved to the Xerox Systems Development Division and managed the microprocessor and communication developments that would eventually lead to the Xerox Star workstation. Metcalfe also taught at Stanford University for eight years and later completed a fellowship at the University of Cambridge, England. In 1992 he joined the International Data Group where he serves as a director, vice president of technology, and writer of an internationally syndicated weekly column in InfoWorld.

Moore, Gordon

Co-founded Intel Corporation in 1968 with Bob Noyce. Moore is widely known for authoring Moore’s Law, which predicts that the number of transistors that the industry would be able to place on a computer chip would double every year. In 1995, he updated his prediction to once every two years. Moore is currently Chairman Emeritus of Intel. He initially served as Intel’s executive vice president. He became president and CEO in 1975 and held that post until 1987. He was named Chairman Emeritus in 1997.

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This article was originally published on June 24, 2010

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