"The Father of Silicon Valley:" Stanford Dean of Engineering, Frederick Terman

"The Father of Silicon Valley:" Stanford Dean of Engineering, Frederick Terman

In 1925, having earned a doctorate in engineering at MIT under the tutelage of Vannevar Bush, who later became the nation's first presidential advisor on science policy, twenty-five-year-old Frederick Terman joined Stanford University to teach electrical engineering. Later, as a university dean and provost, he encouraged students to start businesses in California. They did, and Terman built an administrative and material infrastructure to promote and support technology transfers from the university to the private sector. By the time his academic career drew to a close, Terman was known as the "Father of Silicon Valley." A culture of entrepreneurship has flourished around Stanford for decades, thanks in large measure to Terman’s vision for the school and the region.