National Science Board honors former Stanford president 

John Hennessy, who served as president of Stanford between 2000 and 2016, will be awarded the National Science Board’s (NSB) 2024 Vannevar Bush Award. The award, established in the memory of Vannevar Bush, honors “exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology,” according to the website. 

Dario Gil, who chairs the Board’s External Engagement Committee and serves as senior vice president and director of IBM research, wrote that the NSB is “thrilled to celebrate John Hennessy as this year’s recipient.”

Gil cited Hennessy’s “pioneering advances in computer architecture and dedication to building the future STEM workforce” as reflecting the ideals of Vannevar Bush. He praised the research’s contributions to the national economy and security.

Vannevar Bush headed the U.S Office of Scientific Research and Development through the second World War and was instrumental in the creation of the National Science Foundation. 

“I’m a lifelong learner,” Hennessy said in an NSB press release. “As Vannevar Bush said, science is the new frontier. There are still so many questions to resolve, especially on the nature of life and the universe.”

Currently, Hennessy serves as a chairperson of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, and as the Shriram Family Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford.

The award will be formally presented at on May 1, 2024, during the National Science Foundation Awards Gala at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The Daily has reached out to Hennessy for comment.