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Jan. 28, 2009

Vol. 109, No. 7

Cover Story

 "For a long time I didn't know what to call myself," Nathan Myhrvold *83 says. "These days I put 'inventor.' "

Inventing the future

The very cool world of Nathan Myhrvold *83

By Joel Achenbach ’82

Nathan Myhrvold *83 has one of the premier résumés of the digital age. He didn’t merely work in software; he founded Microsoft Research and spent 13 years as an all-purpose sage and eccentric genius at the side of Bill Gates.   He didn’t merely study...

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Robertson Hall, home of the Woodrow Wilson School, was renamed for Charles Robertson '26 and his wife, Marie, in 1988.

Robertson lawsuit settled

University to have sole control of endowment; Robertson family foundations to receive $90 million

After a bitter legal struggle that had gone on for more than six years, it took a month for the University and the Robertson family to settle their dispute as a trial date loomed over the spending of Robertson Foundation funds in support of the Woodrow Wilson...Read more

Endowment drop spurs cutbacks

Planning for a possible 25 percent fall in the value of the endowment by the end of June, Princeton is limiting salary increases and new hires, reviewing construction schedules, and cutting administrative budgets. Because families also have been hit by the...Read more

A moment with ... Eric Lander ’78

Geneticist Eric Lander ’78 studied math, not biology, as an undergraduate. But after earning a D.Phil. from Oxford in mathematics as a Rhodes scholar, and teaching economics at Harvard Business School, he was captivated by genetics. He audited a biology...Read more
Newest profile: Feb. 6
Joshua DuBois *05, director of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships
Tiger of the Week:
Squash pro Yasser El Halaby ’06
Web Bonus Links
Creative mind
Watch a video clip of Nathan Myhrvold *83 as he answers the questions "Who are you?" and "What do you do?" by talking about his latest fascinations.
Student counsel
Listen to Princeton students as they offer advice for President Obama.
Why the University settled
Text of a letter by President Tilghman to members of the Princeton community on the Robertson case settlement.
'I'm enormously pleased'
An interview with President Tilghman on the Robertson lawsuit agreement.
'We feel no regret'
An interview with William S. Robertson ’72 on his family's lawsuit against Princeton.
Engineers without Borders
Photos of the Princeton team at work in Ethiopia.
Filming the future
Watch clips of Bruce Kennedy '92's NextWorld TV series.
Web Exclusives
Gregg Lange ’70’s Rally ’Round the Cannon
Princeton in Michelle Obama ’85’s undergraduate days
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