Dr. Frederick E. Terman 1990

a black-and-white photo of Dr. Frederick E. Terman

Dr. Frederick E. Terman was Dean of Engineering, Vice-President, Provost, and Vice-President Emeritus of Stanford University. He pioneered the strategies for fostering government sponsorship of university research, increasing the prestige of Stanford University, and providing university support of industry that helped spawn the “Silicon Valley.”

He was the author of “Radio Engineering” and “The Radio Engineer’s Handbook,” Director of the Harvard Radio Research Laboratory (which invented the radar jammer), a director of the Hewlett-Packard Company and Varian Associates, and President of the Institute of Radio Engineers (now known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated).

He was a founding member of the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the National Academy of Science. He served on the boards of many large Bay Area corporations and was a consultant to several presidential advisory committees and state boards of education.

Dr. Terman was the recipient of the 1976 National Medal of Science. He was awarded the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree and the Engineer’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and the Doctor of Engineering Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Born: June 7, 1900

Died: December 19, 1982