October 19, 1938 – December 26, 2009 : Dr. Frank S. Greene, Jr., will be remembered as a scientist, an educator, a parent, a mentor, a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur and the role model for the Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program. Dr. Frank S. Greene, Jr., was one of the first African-American pioneering technologists of Silicon Valley. He was among the first black students to attend college at Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He continued his education and earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. After earning his Master’s, he served four year in the U.S. Air Force and became an Air Force captain. In 1970, he completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University.
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Dr. Greene stood among technology giants such as Robert Noyce, William Hewlett, and David Packard as one of 63 inductees into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, given by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council. In addition, he was also the recipient of the Purdue University Outstanding Electrical Engineer Award, was honored by the title of the Santa Clara University Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and was distinguished as one of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology in an exhibit at Palo Alto City Hall.
In the mid 1960s, Dr. Greene came to Silicon Valley to join Fairchild Semiconductor R&D Labs as a memory chip and system designer. Here he developed high-speed semiconductor computer-memory systems. He holds the patent for the integrated circuit that made Fairchild a semiconductor leader in the late 1960s. In the early 1970s, he became an entrepreneur, co-founding and building two technology companies, Technology Development Corp. and ZeroOne Systems Inc., that developed software and computer services. He later founded NewVista Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, with a special focus on minority- and female-headed firms. He gave back by teaching Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at five different universities: Howard University, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, Northwestern University and Washington University at St. Louis. His most recent project was launching the GO-Positive Foundation which offers leadership programs with "core positive values" for high school and college students. He felt that Vision, Relationships and Execution (VRE) were the components of leadership. Dr. Frank S. Greene made a huge impact and his legacy will live on through the Greene Scholars Program. To learn more about Dr. Greene's legacy, refer to articles located on the following websites.
Palo Alto Online article on Dr. Frank S. Greene Jr.
GO-Positive Foundation Bio on Dr. F. S. Greene Jr.