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“‘It’s easy to lose track of the fact that [Microsoft] was two kids with a dream,’ said Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science amp; Engineering at the University of Washington and serves on the technical advisory board for Microsoft’s research arm.
“Lazowska credits Gates with helping inspire many students to go into computer science, and he says the mystique surrounding Gates still exists even as other technology luminaries, such as the co-founders of Google, have ascended as role models. When Gates recently spoke at the University of Washington, attendance was limited to 750 people, but Lazowska said ‘we could have gotten 10,000 people to show up.'”