Perhaps no one better exemplifies the journey from immigrant beginnings through The City College of New York to national and international leadership than City College alumnus Andrew Grove.
Like more than half of today's City College students, Andy Grove was born abroad - in Budapest. He survived the Nazi occupation of his native Hungary, only to flee with his parents after the brutal Soviet suppression of the Hungarian uprising, and like so many immigrants before him, he and his family found their way to New York, where The City College of New York offered a way into the American Dream.
After graduating from CCNY in 1960 first among engineering students with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree and receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963, he joined the Research and Development Laboratory of Fairchild Semiconductor.
In 1968, Dr. Grove's visionary leadership and entrepreneurial acumen led to his participation in the founding of Intel Corporation - the company that produced the first microprocessor, and developed the technology that enabled the computer and Internet revolution that changed the world. He spent 26 years at its helm, as president, CEO and chairman. He resigned his position as chairman in 2005, and remains Senior Advisor.
Dr. Grove has written over 40 technical papers and holds several patents on semiconductor devices and technology. He has taught at Berkeley and Stanford, and received honorary doctorates from The City College of New York (1985), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1989) and Harvard University (2000).
Dr. Grove's first book, Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Devices
has been used at many leading universities in the United States. His books on managing include High Output Management
(1983), One-on-One With Andy Grove
(1987), Only the Paranoid Survive
(1996), and Strategic Dynamics: Concepts and Cases
, co-authored by Robert A. Burgelman, (2005). His autobiography, Swimming Across
, was published in 2001. An author of articles in Fortune
, The Wall Street Journal
, and The New York Times
, he has written a weekly column on management, which was carried by several newspapers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of some of the highest awards in business and engineering.
Dr. Grove is a Board member for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. At the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), he is Patient Advocate, and National Chair of the Campaign for UCSF. He is also actively involved in the Grove Foundation, a private philanthropic organization. In 1997, Time
magazine named him “Man of the Year.”