Frederick Terman: Brilliance

This book is incredible. It keeps dredging up memories of self’s young adulthood, that season of first-coming-to-the-States and being a grad student at Stanford (two nieces followed in self’s footsteps, hurrah), but it also explains why the big building on *that* side of the Stanford campus is called Terman. That’s what all the students called it: Terman. Not Terman Engineering, not the Terman Building. Just TERMAN.

In a move that would help transform the area into the cradle of the tech revolution, Stanford University’s dean of engineering, Frederick Terman, created a seven-hundred-acre industrial park on university land for private companies that could commercialize the ideas of his students.

Steve Jobs, Chapter One: Childhood

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