Bill Gates to write the foreword for The Cambridge Phenomenon

Posted 22 Nov 2011 by James Cotton in Book news

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates KBE is providing the foreword to The Cambridge Phenomenon: 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise.

Gates has strong links with the city, from the founding of Microsoft Research Cambridge in 1997 to the creation of the Gates Cambridge Scholarships and a generous donation to the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2009, he and his wife Melinda were awarded honorary degrees from the University of Cambridge in recognition of their contribution to the life and enrichment of the region.

"It’s an honour to be invited to participate in this book celebrating the remarkable history of innovation and enterprise around Cambridge,”says Gates. "These are accomplishments worthy of celebrating at a time when innovations in areas like technology, health and energy are so vital to the entire planet."

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About Bill Gates

Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation

Bill Gates is founder and former CEO of Microsoft. A tech visionary and business entrepreneur, Gates' leadership - fueled by his long-held dream that millions might realize their potential through software - made Microsoft a personal computing powerhouse and household name.

In summer of 2008, Gates left his day-to-day role with Microsoft to focus on philanthropy. Maintaining that all lives have equal value no matter where they're being lived, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donate to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people. Collaborating with grantees and partners, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is focused on programs in global health and education, HIV/AIDS, libraries, and agriculture research.

Gates has also become deeply interested in new energy approaches, fueled by his focus and investments in global development and innovation.

He is also a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.