Robert M. Metcalfe
April 7, 1946, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and in management, 1969; Harvard University, MS in applied mathematics, 1970, and PhD in computer science, 1973
Polaris Ventures, general partner, since January 2001, specializing in Boston-area information technology startups
InfoWorld, 1990 to 2000 (CEO, 1990-95): Wrote an Internet column for eight years read weekly by more than 500,000 information technologists.
3Com Corp., 1979-1990: Founder and, at various times, chairman, CEO, division general manager and vice president of engineering, sales and marketing
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, 1972-79: research staff member, computer science, and then manager of systems architecture
Engineer-scientist, 1965-1972, at Raytheon, Adams Associates, MIT Lab for Nuclear Science and MIT Project Mac
Packet Communication (Thomson), Internet Collapses and Other InfoWorld Punditry (IDG Books) and Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years of Computing (co-edited for Springer Verlag)
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