|Paul M. Cook|
April 25, 1924 (age 95)|
Ridgewood, New Jersey
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
Paul M. Cook (born April 25, 1924) was the founder and CEO of Raychem, a chemical manufacturing company that reached $2 billion in annual revenue. In 1988, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology "For his vision and entrepreneurial efforts, his technical accomplishments and his business and technical leadership as the key contributor in creating a worldwide chemically based industry."
Early life and educationEdit
Paul Cook took an early interest in chemistry, and developed a chemistry lab in the basement of his parents' home. After he graduated high school in 1941, he started at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studying chemical engineering under Warren K. Lewis.
In 1943, Cook enlisted in the United States Army, and enrolled in the Army Specialized Training Program; through that program, he attended Stanford University for two terms, studying mechanical engineering. Cook was then sent to Hunter Liggett Military Reservation and then Fort Benning, where he would complete Officer Candidate School. He was then sent to fight in Italy. Cook served in combat with the 10th Mountain Division.
Cook was one of SRI International's earliest employees, joining the organization in 1948 as its 48th employee. He would go on to lead SRI's Radiation Chemistry Laboratory, where he was interested in using high-energy electrons to alter polymers.
In 1951, Cook founded the Sequoia Process Corporation; he left that after five years to found Raychem, which opened in 1957, and focused on commercial applications for radiochemistry. He served as Raychem's CEO and chairman of the board.
Awards and membershipsEdit
Cook served on SRI International's board of directors for nine years, and served as its chairman for six of those.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "SRI International Board Member and Diva Chairman Paul M. Cook to be Honored by the Bay Area Council". 1999-10-22. Archived from the original on 2012-05-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20120513195507/http://sri.com/news/releases/10-22-99.html.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Reagan Awards Medals For Science Advances". The New York Times. 1988-07-19. https://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/19/science/reagan-awards-medals-for-science-advances.html. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "SRI International Presents Silicon Valley Visionary Paul Cook with Award for Innovation Excellence". SRI International. 2008-01-18. http://www.sri.com/newsroom/press-releases/sri-international-presents-silicon-valley-visionary-paul-cook-award-innova-0. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Paul M. Cook". Chemical Heritage Foundation. 1992-04-02. http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/collections/oral-histories/details/cook-paul-m.aspx. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
- ↑ "Commercialization of Radiation Chemistry". American Chemical Society. 1997-04-09. http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/radiationchemistry.html. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
- ↑ "The Business of Innovation: An Interview with Paul Cook". Harvard Business Review. March–April 1990. https://hbr.org/1990/03/the-business-of-innovation-an-interview-with-paul-cook. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
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