Jim Morgan

With one of the longest tenures of any FORTUNE 500 CEO, James C. Morgan, has more than three decades of experience in forging ahead in technology and global growth. Morgan has left a legacy of contributions to the Information Age, making his mark with his continuing vision and leadership.

He has been the chairman of the board of Applied Materials since 1987 and served as chief executive officer for 26 years from 1977-2003. Among his many honors, he is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology for his industry leadership and for his vision in building Applied Materials into the world’s leading semiconductor equipment company. He is also a recent recipient of the Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, for his ethics, community engagement and business success, and the Semiconductor Industry Association Robert N. Noyce Award, for his outstanding achievement and leadership in support of the U.S. semiconductor industry.

Instrumental in the creation of the Tech Museum Awards which launched in 2000, Morgan inspired the program’s James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, which honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership help address humanity’s greatest challenges. Past recipients have included Bill Gates and Gordon Moore. He is an advisory board member for the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, and is active with The Nature Conservancy, a global nonprofit organization which establishes nature sanctuaries, serving as a member of the board of directors, a member of its Asia-Pacific Council, and as a trustee of The Nature Conservancy of California.


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