Bob Taylor Lecture: Guest Presenters

John Gregory Markoff


John Markoff joined The New York Times in March 1988 as a reporter for the business section. He writes for the science section from San Francisco. Prior to joining the Times, he worked for The San Francisco Examiner from 1985 to 1988.

Markoff has written about technology and science since 1977. He covered technology and the defense industry for The Pacific News Service in San Francisco from 1977 to 1981; he was a reporter at Infoworld from 1981 to 1983; he was the West Coast editor for Byte Magazine from 1984 to 1985 and wrote a column on personal computers for The San Jose Mercury from 1983 to 1985.

He has also been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Stanford University Journalism Department where he teaches a course on reporting on Silicon Valley.

The Times nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize in 1995, 1998 and 2000. The San Francisco Examiner nominated him for a Pulitzer in 1987. In 2005, with a group of Times reporters, he received the Loeb Award for business journalism. Last year he shared the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Breaking News award.

In 2007 he became a member of the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum. Also in 2007, he was named a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, the organization’s highest honor.

Born in Oakland, California on October 29, 1949, Markoff grew up in Palo Alto, California and graduated from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, in 1971. He attended graduate school at the University of Oregon.

Markoff is the co-author of “The High Cost of High Tech,” published in 1985 by Harper & Row. More recently he wrote Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier with Katie Hafner, which was published in 1991 by Simon & Schuster. In January of 1996 Hyperion published Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw, which he co-authored with Tsutomu Shimomura. What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry, was published in 2005 by Viking Books.

He is married to Leslie Terzian Markoff and they live in San Francisco, Calif.

Michael Hiltzik


Michael Hiltzik is the author of Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age. Published to widespread critical acclaim in 1999, “Dealers of Lightning” chronicles the invention at Xerox Corporation’s legendary Palo Alto Research Center of such world-changing technologies as the personal computer, laser printer, Ethernet, and Windows-style graphical displays. Much of this work took place under the personal direction of Bob Taylor.

Mr. Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy for more than 25 years. In that time he has served as a financial and political writer, an investigative reporter, and as a foreign correspondent in Africa and Russia. He is currently a business columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

His fourth book, a history of Hoover Dam entitled “Colossus,” will be published by Simon & Schuster next year. He is currently at work on his fifth book, a history of the New Deal.

Mr. Hiltzik received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. Among his other awards for excellence in reporting are the 2004 Gerald Loeb Award for commentary in business and the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association for legal reporting.

A graduate of Colgate University, Mr. Hiltzik received a master of science degree in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1974. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children. 7/09

Mitch Waldrop


Currently, editor at Nature magazine, working at the Washington, DC, office. Earned a Ph.D. in 1975, in Elementary Particle Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Two years later, in 1977, Earned a master’s in Journalism at Wisconsin. From 1977 to 1980 was a writer and West Coast bureau chief for Chemical and Engineering News. From 1980 to 1991 was a senior writer at Science magazine, where he covered physics, space, astronomy, computer science, artificial intelligence, molecular biology, psychology, and neuroscience.

From 1991 to 2003 worked as a freelance writer, and from 2003 to 2006 worked in media affairs for the National Science Foundation. Author of Man-Made Minds (Walker, 1987), a book about artificial intelligence; Complexity (Simon & Schuster, 1992), a book about the Santa Fe Institute and the new sciences of complexity; and The Dream Machine (Viking, 2001), a book about the history of computing. In his spare time he is an avid cyclist. Dr. Waldrop lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Amy E. Friedlander.

J Strother Moore


J Strother Moore holds the Admiral B.R. Inman Centennial Chair in Computing Theory at The University of Texas at Austin. He served as Chair of the Computer Sciences department at UT Austin from 2001-2009. He is the author of many books and papers on automated theorem proving and mechanical verification of computing systems.

Along with Boyer he is a co-author of the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover and the Boyer-Moore fast string searching algorithm. With Matt Kaufmann he is the co-author of the ACL2 theorem prover. Moore got his S.B. in mathematics from MIT in 1970 and his Ph.D. in computational logic from the University of Edinburgh in 1973.

Moore was a co-founder of Computational Logic, Inc., and served as its chief scientist for ten years. He and Bob Boyer were awarded the 1991 Current Prize in Automatic Theorem Proving by the American Mathematical Society. In 1999 they were awarded the Herbrand Award for their work in automatic theorem proving. Moore is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, an ACM Fellow, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Boyer, Moore, and Kaufmann won the 2005 ACM Software System Award "For pioneering and engineering a most effective theorem prover (named the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover) as a formal methods tool for verifying safety-critical hardware and software.''

Gary Chapman


Gary Chapman is a senior lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the graduate school of public policy at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1994. He is also director of The 21st Century Project at the LBJ School and associate director of the university's Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute.

Chapman has lectured all over the world, and for ten years wrote columns for The Los Angeles Times, the Austin-American Statesman and Texas Monthly magazine.

He has served as an advisor to many different groups and currently serves on the advisory committee of the State of Texas Strategic Technology Plan. He was educated at Occidental College and Stanford University.


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