Eric Schmidt Biography

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Every great story begins with a birth, because without great people there could be no great stories. Sure there might be a few objects here and there that make a difference, but people are the driving force behind any and all events that happen on this Earth. We win wars, we fight for freedom, we make technological advancements, and in the end, we persevere. This story, the story of Eric Schmidt begins in Washington DC. The one state in the United States that is not a state, but rather a territory similar to Puerto Rico. Though he was born in our nation's capital, he would grow up in Blacksburg, Virginia, and eventually find himself graduating from Yorktown High School.

He attended Princeton University, an honor for virtually anyone, and managed to gain a BSEE, or engineering degree in the year 1976. An engineering degree would be enough for most people considering the prestige and paycheck that comes with such an accreditation, but that was far from enough for Eric Schmidt. In fact, he would go on to earn an MS at Berkeley for the design and implementation of various networking aspects.

Eventually he managed to gain a PhD and moved on to bigger and better things. In his early career he would go on to take positions with Bell Labs, Xerox, and even Zilog. After a short stint of leading the Java development at Sun Microsystems, he would move on to become the CEO of Novell, the company responsible for for the emergence of Local Area Networks(LAN)

With such an impressive resume it is no surprise that Schmidt would join Google's board of directors as chairman. This particular event occurred in March of 2001, and it wasn't long before he became the CEO. Google states that Eric Schmidt focuses on "building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid growth as a company." It is quite clear that Eric Schmidt is an extremely important individual in the area of technology, and it was so stated in PC world, as they placed him as #1 on the list of the 50 most important people on the web.

On August 28, 2006, Eric Schmidt was elected to the Apple board of directors, though in 2008 he did announce that he would step down. The reason of course was the growing conflict between Apple and Google. It seemed to be a dark time, but Eric Schmidt seemed to have a much higher calling. During Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Eric Schmidt served as an informal adviser, and when the dust settled he would be seen as a member of the President's Council of Advisers of Science and Technology.

Can one man truly make a difference? It is often up for debate, but there is no debate or doubt in the case of Eric Schmidt. He rose to the top, changed the face of computing, and now sees the world from and entirely different point of view. If all men were like Eric Schmidt, we would live in a very different world.