SRI in the 1950s.

SRI in the 1950s.

SRI in the 1970s.

SRI in the 1970s.

The Stanford Research Institute (SRI) was founded in 1946 by the trustees of Stanford University as a non-profit contract research organization with a mission to provide technical support for regional economic development. The organization established research capabilities in chemicals, energy, electronics, mechanical engineering, and biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. In 1970, after the Stanford faculty and student body protested SRI’s involvement in defense-related research, the institute formally separated from the university and incorporated as an independent non-profit entity.