John L. Hennessy

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John L. Hennessy
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President of Stanford University
In office
2000–2016
Preceded by Gerhard Casper
Succeeded by Marc Tessier-Lavigne (designate)
Provost of Stanford University
In office
1999–2000
Preceded by Condoleezza Rice
Succeeded by John Etchemendy
Personal details
Born (1952-09-22) September 22, 1952 (age 66)
Huntington, New York
Citizenship American
Residence Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover House, Stanford, California, United States
Alma mater Stony Brook University (M.S., 1975; Ph.D., 1977)
Villanova University (B.S., 1973)
Known for MIPS Technologies, Atheros Inc.
Awards IEEE Medal of Honor (2012)
Computer History Museum Fellow (2007) [1]
National Academy of Engineering Member
National Academy of Sciences Member
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
ACM Fellow
IEEE Fellow
Website www.stanford.edu/~hennessy

John Leroy Hennessy (born September 22, 1952) is an American computer scientist, academician, and businessman. Hennessy is one of the founders of MIPS Computer Systems Inc. as well as Atheros and is the tenth President of Stanford University. Hennessy has announced that he will step down in the summer of 2016 and will be replaced as President by Marc Tessier-Lavigne.[2] Marc Andreessen called him "the godfather of Silicon Valley."[3]

Early life and career

Hennessy was raised in Huntington, New York, as one of six children.[3] His father was an aerospace engineer and his mother was a teacher before raising her children.[3]

He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University, and his master's degree and Ph.D. in computer science from Stony Brook University.[4] He is married to his high school sweetheart, Andrea Berti.[3]

Hennessy became a Stanford faculty member in 1977. In 1984, he used his sabbatical year to found MIPS Computer Systems Inc. to commercialize his research in RISC processors. In 1987, he became the Willard and Inez Kerr Bell Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.[4]

Hennessy served as director of Stanford's Computer System Laboratory (1989–93), a research center run by Stanford's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments. He was chair of the Department of Computer Science (1994–96) and Dean of the School of Engineering (1996–99).[4]

In 1999, Stanford President Gerhard Casper appointed Hennessy to succeed Condoleezza Rice as Provost of Stanford University. When Casper stepped down to focus on teaching in 2000, the Stanford Board of Trustees named Hennessy to succeed Casper as president. In 2008, Hennessy earned a salary of $1,091,589 ($702,771 base salary, $259,592 deferred benefits, $129,226 non-tax benefits), the 23rd highest among all American university presidents.[5]

In 1997, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).[6]

Hennessy is a board member of Google,[7] Cisco Systems,[8] Atheros Communications,[9] and the Daniel Pearl Foundation.[10]

In 2007, he was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum "for fundamental contributions to engineering education, advances in computer architecture, and the integration of leading-edge research with education".[11]

On October 14, 2010, Hennessy was presented a khata by the 14th Dalai Lama before His Holiness addressed Maples Pavilion.[12]

In December 2010, Hennessy coauthored an editorial with Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust urging the passage of the DREAM Act;[13] the legislation did not pass the 111th United States Congress.

In 2012, Hennessy was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor.[14] The IEEE awarded Hennessy their highest recognition "for pioneering the RISC processor architecture and for leadership in computer engineering and higher education".[15] In 2012, Hennessy received an honorary doctor of mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo (Canada), in celebration of his profound contributions to modern computer architecture and to post-secondary education.

In June 2015, Hennessy announced that he would step down as Stanford president in summer 2016.[16]

Research

Hennessy has a history of strong interest and involvement in college-level computer education. He co-authored, with David A. Patterson, two well-known books on computer architecture, Computer Organization and Design: the Hardware/Software Interface and Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach,[17] which introduced the DLX RISC architecture. They have been widely used as textbooks for graduate and undergraduate courses since 1990.[citation needed]

Hennessy also contributed to updating Donald Knuth's MIX processor to the MMIX. Both are model computers used in Knuth's classic series, The Art of Computer Programming. MMIX is Knuth's DLX equivalent.

Noted publications

  • Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach[17]
  • Patterson, David A.; Hennessy, John L. Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/software Interface. Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN 0-12-370606-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Gharachorloo, Kourosh; D. Lenoski; J. Laudon; P. Gibbons; A. Gupta; J. Hennessy (1990). "Memory consistency and event ordering in scalable shared-memory multiprocessors". Proceedings of the 17th annual international symposium on Computer Architecture. International Symposium on Computer Architecture. pp. 15–26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Lenoski, Daniel; J. Laudon; K. Gharachorloo; A. Gupta; J. Hennessy (1990). "The directory-based cache coherence protocol for the DASH multiprocessor". Proceedings of the 17th annual international symposium on Computer Architecture. International Symposium on Computer Architecture. pp. 148–159.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

References

  1. "John Hennessy". computerhistory.org.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Stanford University President John L. Hennessy to step down in 2016". Stanford News. Retrieved 2016-05-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Auletta, Ken (April 30, 2012). "Get Rich U." The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 6 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Curriculum Vitae". Office of the President. Retrieved April 26, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Million-Dollar College Presidents". The Daily Beast. November 14, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "ACM Fellows - H". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved April 26, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Board of Directors". Google Investor Relations. Retrieved June 14, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Governing Board". Cisco Systems.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Governing Board". Atheros Communications.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "The Daniel Pearl Foundation". Daniel Pearl Foundation.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "John Hennessy". Computer History Museum. Retrieved 2013-05-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "President Hennessy salutes the Dalai Lama, and is honored in return". Stanford University Report. October 14, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Deserving of the DREAM". Politico. December 8, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Stanford President Hennessy wins IEEE's highest honor".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "IEEE Medal of Honor Recipients" (PDF).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Stanford University President John L. Hennessy to step down in 2016".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. 17.0 17.1 Patterson, David; Hennessy, John H.; Arpaci-Dusseau, Andrea C. (2007). Computer architecture: a quantitative approach. San Diego: Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN 0-12-370490-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Condoleezza Rice
Provost of Stanford University
1999–2000
Succeeded by
John Etchemendy
Preceded by
Gerhard Casper
President of Stanford University
2000–2016
Succeeded by
Marc Tessier-Lavigne