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Bill Gates Speaks to Columbia Computer Science Students

Date:October 13, 2005 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Alessandra Garber by sending email to .
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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will visit Columbia on Thurs., Oct. 13, as part of his 2005 campus tour to encourage more interest in computer science and engineering careers. Gates will talk about innovative new technologies; the opportunities for technology to improve personal and work lives, and the benefits and societal value of pursuing computer science careers.

"I'm looking forward to visiting Columbia," said Gates. "The opportunities for computing to change the world have never been greater, and the ideas and excitement of today's computer science students are driving the future of innovation in our industry."

In addition to his address, Gates will participate in an information roundtable discussion with leading computer science and engineering faculty from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

William (Bill) H. Gates is chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation. Gates discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13. In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer, now Microsoft's chief executive officer. While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair. In his junior year, Gates left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Guided by a belief that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home, they began developing software for personal computers.

Philanthropy is also important to Gates. He and his wife, Melinda, have endowed a foundation with more than $27 billion (as of March 2004) to support philanthropic initiatives in the areas of global health and learning, with the hope that in the 21st century, advances in these critical areas will be available for all people. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed more than $3.2 billion to organizations working in global health; more than $2 billion to improve learning opportunities, including the Gates Library Initiative to bring computers, Internet Access and training to public libraries in low-income communities in the United States and Canada; more than $477 million to community projects in the Pacific Northwest; and more than $488 million to special projects and annual giving campaigns.


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