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See the most recent additions to the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program collections below, or use the fields at the left to search for interviews by keyword, year, project, or format.

Martin E. Hellman
2022 | Audio | Transcript
Electrical Engineering
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Lozano, Noe Pablo
Interview Date: 2020
Martin E. Hellman, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, reflects on his upbringing and education; his faculty career at Stanford, especially his contributions to cryptography; and his recent work on nuclear deterrence. Hellman shares memories of his education in the New York City public...
Francis Everitt
2022 | Audio | Video | Transcript
Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Fetter, Alexander L.
Interview Date: 2019
C. W. Francis Everitt, Professor (Research) in the W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, shares memories of his career at Stanford as the principle investigator for the Gravity Probe B project. Everitt recalls his childhood in post-World War II England, his education, and his early career as...
John Lillie Photo
2022 | Audio | Transcript
Board of Trustees
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Trustees
Interviewer: Schofield, Susan W.
Interview Date: 2020
John Lillie (1959 BS Industrial Engineering; 1964 MS Industrial Engineering; 1964 MBA Graduate School of Business) shares memories of his experiences at Stanford as a student and trustee as well as highlights from his career in the corporate world. Lillie describes his time as an undergraduate at...
Mary Cranston
2022 | Audio | Transcript
Board of Trustees
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Trustees
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Interview Date: 2020
Mary Cranston (1969 BA Political Science, 1975 JD Law School) reflects on her legal career, her undergraduate and law school education at Stanford, and her involvement with the university as an alumna, including her service on the Alumni Association Board, the Law School’s Board of Visitors, the...
Steven A. Denning
2022 | Audio | Transcript
Board of Trustees
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Trustees
Interviewer: Costello, Paul
Interview Date: 2020
Steven A. Denning (1978 MBA Graduate School of Business), a former chair of Stanford’s Board of Trustees, reflects on his career in business and his continued involvement with Stanford. Denning shares memories of his upbringing and education, including his time at Stanford’s Graduate School of...
Carla Shatz Photo
2021 | Audio | Transcript
Biology
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Schofield, Susan
Interview Date: 2019
Carla Shatz, the Sapp Family Provostial Professor, the Catherine Holman Johnson Director of Stanford Bio-X, and Professor of Biology and Neurobiology, speaks about her education and research career in neuroscience, change over time for women in science, and the successes of Bio-X, Stanford’s...
Lazar Fleishman
2021 | Audio | Transcript
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Frothingham, Emma
Interview Date: 2020
Lazar Fleishman, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, reflects on his life and career. Fleishman describes his upbringing in Riga, Latvia; the influence of his music education on his later career; and his early exposure to literature and poetry banned in the Soviet Union. He goes on to...
A. Michael Spence
2021 | Audio | Transcript
Graduate School of Business
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Interview Date: 2020
Mike Spence, the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Emeritus, at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences, shares memories of his time at Stanford as a professor in the Department of Economics in the 1970s and as dean of the school from 1990 to 1999. He...
Thomas Wasow Photo
2021 | Audio | Transcript
Academic Secretary; Linguistics
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Marincovich, Michele
Interview Date: 2020
Thomas Wasow, the Academic Secretary to the University, Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus, and Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, describes his education and research in linguistics and shares memories of his faculty and administrative career at Stanford. Wasow describes...
Isaac Stein
2021 | Audio | Transcript
Board of Trustees
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Trustees
Interviewer: Thomson, Jan
Interview Date: 2020
Isaac Stein, who served on Stanford’s Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2016 and chaired the Board from 2000 to 2004, speaks about his education, legal and business career, and his extensive and multifaceted service and leadership at Stanford. Stein shares memories of growing up in New York, moving to...

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