> Behind the Movers: Andy Grove || |
||MOVER: Andy Grove|
JOB: Chairman and co-founder of Intel; Stanford University lecturer
Wife, Eva; two daughters
City College of New York, B.S., chemical engineering, 1960; University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 1963
DISTINCTION: This former refugee from the Nazis went on to become one of the most influential people in the development of microchips. Called a "digital revolutionary" by Time magazine, which named him "Man of the Year" in 1997, Grove and his co-founders have built Intel into a $115 billion company that makes about 90 percent of the PC microprocessors on the planet.
Q: Why do you like to teach?
A: I think it is an enjoyable process for two reasons. First is, nothing clarifies your own thoughts as much as the need to explain them to a varied group of people with different starting points and different frames of mind. So, I like the process of having to understand something well enough so I can teach.
Secondly, I like the process that when you succeed with that and your audience gets it, it's a very satisfactory conclusion to the first part. You have succeeded in explaining it because they are getting it.
Q: There's a connection?
A: There's a connection, that's right. And that's the difference between teaching and writing. Because when you write you would still [have to clarify your thoughts], but you don't get the feedback. The feedback that you get — reviews or comments — is so far removed from the act of elucidation, articulation that there is no immediacy to it. When you teach a live class, that feedback comes almost at the second that it happens.
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