R. Stanley Williams

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Senior Fellow

Vice President Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs

R. Stanley Williams is director of the Foundational Technologies group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs.  For the past 40 years, Williams’ primary scientific research has been in the areas of solid-state chemistry and physics and their applications to technology. This has taken him on a journey that began with surface science; expanded to electronic, photonic and ionic nanotechnologies; and now encompasses computation, chaos, complexity and neuro-architectonics.

Williams joined HP Labs in 1995 to found the Quantum Science Research group, which originally focused on fundamental scientific research at the nanometer scale.  

In 2008, a team of researchers he led announced that they had built and demonstrated the first intentional memristor, the fourth fundamental electronic circuit element predicted by Prof. Leon Chua in 1971. In 2010, he received the HP CEO's Award for Innovation for his work in sensing systems (CeNSE, the Central Nervous System for the Earth). Beyond HP, Williams has received widespread recognition for business, scientific and academic achievement, including being named one of the top 10 visionaries in the field of electronics by EETimes, the 2014 IEEE Outstanding Engineering Manager Award, the 2009 EETimes Innovator of the Year ACE Award, the 2007 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal for contributions to Chemistry, the 50th Anniversary Laureate Lecturer on Electrical and Optical Materials for the TMS, the 2004 Herman Bloch Medal for Industrial Research, the inaugural Scientific American 50 Top Technology leaders in 2002, and the 2000 Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics.  He was a co-organizer and co-editor of the workshop and book “Vision for Nanotechnology in the 21st Century”, respectively, that led to the establishment of the U. S. National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000.

Prior to HPE, Williams was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs and a professor in the department of chemistry at UCLA.  He holds over 190 US patents with ~80 patent applications pending, more than 200 patents outside the US, over 400 papers published in reviewed scientific journals, and he has written several general articles for technical, business and general interest publications (including Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, Physics Today and Harvard Business Review). Williams received his B.A. in chemical physics from Rice University and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

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