Eric Schmidt

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Eric Schmidt is the chief executive officer of Google. Schmidt has spoken widely in support of a rapid transition to a non-fossil energy system, as detailed in Google's "Clean Energy 2030" plan.[1] Schmidt has described the term "clean coal" as an oxymoron similar to "limited nuclear war."[2]

"Eric E. Schmidt serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Google Inc. since July 2001. Dr. Schmidt has a 20-year record of achievement as an Internet strategist, entrepreneur, and developer of great technologies. From April 1997 to July 2001, Dr. Schmidt served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at Novell Inc. Mr. Schmidt also worked at Novell Cambridge Technology Partners. From 1983 to March 1997, he held various positions at Sun Microsystems Inc., including … Chief Technology Officer from February 1994 to March 1997; a Corporate Executive Officer; the President of Sun Technology Enterprises from February 1991 to February 1994; a Vice President of General Systems Group; and a Vice President and General Manager of Software Products Division. At Sun, Dr. Schmidt led the development of Java and defined Sun’s Internet software strategy. Prior to joining Sun Microsystems Inc. in 1983, he was a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Dr. Schmidt also held positions at Bell Laboratories and Zilog, Inc. He has been a Director at Siebel Systems Inc. since May 1996. Dr. Schmidt serves as a Director at Google Inc. and has been the Chairman of the Executive Committee since April 2004. He serves as a Member of Executive Council and Executive Committee at TechNet. He is a Member of Advisory Board of GTI Group LLC. Dr. Schmidt served as the Chairman of Board at Google Inc. from March 2001 until April 2004. He served as a Member Executive of Advisory Board at InSight Venture Partners. Dr. Schmidt also serves as a Trustee of Menlo School. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Princeton University."[3]

Eric Schmidt on Strategies and Solutions for Energy Security
Eric Schmidt at Commonwealth Club


  1. "Clean Energy 2030," accessed December 2008
  2. "Google CEO: How to fix the U.S. energy problem," Green Tech, October 1, 2008
  3. Berggruen Institute Board, organizational web page, accessed April 11, 2020.
  4. Supporters, organizational web page, accessed May 14, 2013.
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