William F Miller

Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management, Emeritus

Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus, School of Engineering

Senior Fellow Emeritus, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Phone: (650) 723-3219

Email: wmiller@stanford.edu

Academic Areas: Political Economy

Professor William F. Miller has carried out research on atomic and nuclear physics, computer graphic systems and languages, computer systems architecture, and the computer industry. His current research interests are on industrial development with special interest in local and regional industrial development, the evolution of regions of innovation and entrepreneurship, the “habitat” for entrepreneurship, and the globalization of R&D. His international industrial development studies have focused on Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Malaysia.


William F. Miller is Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management Emeritus; Professor of Computer Science Emeritus; President Emeritus, SRI International; Chairman Emeritus, Borland Software Corporation; and Chairman/Founder of Nanostellar, Inc.

Miller has spent about half of his professional life in business and about half in academia. He was the last faculty member recruited to Stanford University by the legendary Frederick Terman who was then Vice President and Provost of Stanford. Miller, himself, later became Vice President and Provost of Stanford. He conducted research and directed many graduate students in Computer Science. Miller was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago and a Visiting Professor at Purdue University.

In 1968 Miller played a role in the founding of the first Mayfield Fund (venture capital) as a special limited partner and advisor to the general partners.

As President and CEO of SRI International (1979-1990) Miller opened SRI to the Pacific Region, he established the spin-out and commercialization program at SRI, and established the Sarnoff Corporation as a for-profit subsidiary of SRI. He became the Chairman and CEO.

In 1982, Miller was appointed to the National Science Board. He has served on the board of directors of several major companies such as Signetics, Firemans Fund Insurance, First Interstate Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Varian Associates, WhoWhere? Inc. (Chairman), and Borland Software Corp. (Chairman).

He cofounded SmartValley, Inc. and aided the formation of CommerceNet and serves on the board of directors. Miller was a founding director and Vice Chairman of the Center for Excellence in Non-profits. He is a Founder and Chairman of Nanostellar, Inc, and a Founder and Chairman of Luminette, Inc.

Miller is a Life Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Life Fellow of IEEE, a Member of the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, and a Member of the Jr. Achievement Business Hall of Fame. He received the Okawa Prize in 2000 and the Dongbaeg Medal from the Republic of Korea in 2000. He is an Honorary Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He received the David Packard Civic Entrepreneur Award in 2008,
.In 2009 Konkuk University in Seoul Korea opened the William F. Miller School of Management of Technology.Miller became Honorary Dean.

Professor Miller holds the following degrees from Purdue University: BS (Physics), 1949; MS (Physics), 1951; PhD (Physics), 1956; and a DSc Honorary, 1972.

Academic Degrees

DSc (Hon.); 1972.; PhD, 1956; MS, Purdue Univ. 1951, BS,1949

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 1965. Emeritus since 1997. CEO, David Sarnoff Research Center, Inc., 1987-90;CEO, SRI Development Co. Inc., 1982-90; President and CEO, SRI International, 1979-90; Vice President and Provost, Stanford University, 1971-78; Director, Applied Mathematics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 1956-64.

Selected Publications

  • Int. J. Technology Management: Vol.28, Nos. 3/4/5/6, 2004 p.324, 2004
  • Die'Neue Hanse'-Knoten und Netze in der Informations-okonimie: Jahrbuch Telekommunikation und Gesellschaft 2000, Huthig Verlag Heidelberg, 2000
  • The Silicon Valley Edge(co-editor): Stanford University Press, 2000
  • Making of a Total Quality Community, Integrating Cities and Regions:North America Faces Globalization: University De Guadalajara, 1998
  • The Creative Management of Intellectual Institutions, Handbook for Creative and Innovative Managers: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1988
  • Making IT: The Rise of Asia in High Technology(Co-editor): Stanford University Press 2006, 2006
  • Greater China's Quest for Innovation: Brookings Institution, 2008

Awards and Honors

  • David Packard Civic Entrepreneur Award, 2008, Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network and the Packard Foundation
  • Okawa Medal and Prize, 2000, The Okawa Foundation
  • Dongbaeg Medal, 2000, Republic of Korea


  • Executive Management Program
  • Strategic Uses of Information Technology


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