Bower Award for Business Leadership
In 1981, William J. Rutter founded Chiron Corporation, in conjuction with a former Stanford colleague. Chiron soon grew to be a major biotechnology firm, orginally focusing on developing vaccines and tests for infectious disease, including hepatitis. Chiron is now among the world's largest biotechnology companies, specializing in work relating to vaccines, blood testing, and biopharmaceutical development.
Rutter received a B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1949, a M.S. from the University of Utah in 1950, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1952. Read More
Herbert Kelleher has applied much of the same spirit of pioneering perseverance to building Southwest Airlines that the Wright brothers applied to achieve powered flight 100 years ago. Southwest has a unique company culture and an esprit de corps unmatched in the industry today. With bedrock values grounded in ethics, and success fueled by treating individuals with dignity, Kelleher's reputation and that of his company have become legendary. Read More
In 1969 Raymond Damadian first proposed the idea of using nuclear magnetic resonance technology to scan the human body externally for early signs of malignancy. He went on to design and build the first MR scanner that produced the first human image in 1977. The following year he founded FONAR Corporation, which produced the world's first commercial MRI machine in 1980. MRI has become a vital tool for diagnosing brain tumors and other diseases of the central nervous system, and for spotting soft-tissue injuries in muscles and ligaments. Read More
Alejandro Zaffaroni, during his 50-year career as a scientist and entrepreneur, has made revolutionary strides that have transformed the pharmaceutical industry. His novel methods for controlled drug delivery have improved medical therapy throughout the world. Dr. Zaffaroni received his B.Sc. in 1941 from the University of Montevideo, Uruguay, and his Ph.D. in 1949 from the University of Rochester. He began his career at Syntex, a small pharmaceutical business in Mexico, which he helped transform into a major company headquartered in the U.S. Read More
In 1985, Irwin Mark Jacobs founded Qualcomm Incorporated, a company dealing in the areas of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) phones, integrated CDMA chipsets and software, technology licensing, wireless digital communications, and satellite positioning and communications, and serves as its Chairman and CEO. Building on his education and professional background in technology, Jacobs has been involved in all design aspects of the systems produced by his company. He is the holder of six patents in communications systems. Read More
Gordon E. Moore earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Physics from the California Institute of Technology.
Moore co-founded Intel in 1968, serving initially as Executive Vice President. He became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1975 and held that post until elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1979. He remained CEO until 1987 and was named Chairman Emeritus in 1997. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation. Read More