Great Thinkers & Leaders

Eli Whitney, Maryam Mirzakhani, Steve Jobs, & Bill Gates

Great Leaders in Cyber and STEM

What are their major contributions? How do these contributions impact STEM and Cyber?

Eli Whitney

December 8, 1765 – January 8, 1825

  • Field(s) of contribution: STEM
  • Major contribution(s): American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin
  • Contribution(s) that impact STEM and Cyber: Impacted the Industrial Revolution and turned cotton into a profitable crop
  • Graduated from Yale University
  • Father of four children

Steve Jobs

February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011
  • Field(s) of contribution: Cyber
  • Major contribution(s): An American information technology entrepreneur and inventor
  • Contribution(s) that impact STEM and Cyber: Innovations with microcomputers
  • Co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.
  • Was adopted

Bill Gates

October 28, 1955 - present
  • Field(s) of contribution: Cyber
  • Major contribution(s): Microsoft; An American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, and computer programmer
  • Contribution(s) that impact STEM and Cyber: Entrepreneur of the personal computer
  • Authored & co-authored several books
  • May be the richest man in the world

Maryam Mirzakhani

May 1977 - present
  • Field(s) of contribution: STEM
  • Major contribution(s): Understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces; ergodic theory; hyperbolic geometry; and symplectic geometry
  • Contribution(s) that impact STEM and Cyber: Several contributions to the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces
  • Works at Stanford University
  • 1st Woman & 1st Persian with a Fields (Mathematics) Medal