Nathan Paul Myhrvold is CEO of IVInvents,ModCuisine and an author, scientist, inventor, and photographer.
Nathan Paul Myhrvold is the author of Modernist Cuisine and the co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, one of the world’s largest patent holding companies. Previously, he served as Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer.
Myhrvold was identified as a co-inventor on 17 patents while at Microsoft, and he has since co-sponsored applications for over 500 more patents for which his company is footing the bill.
Myhrvold held a postdoctoral position with Stephen Hawking at the University of Cambridge, but departed after a year to help co-found Dynamical Systems Research Inc., which released Mondrian, a clone of IBM’s TopView multitasking environment. In 1986, Microsoft purchased the company.
A Microsoft Employee
Nathan Myhrvold joined Microsoft in 1986 as a Special Projects Director and rose through the ranks to become Chief Technology Officer in 1996. He started Microsoft Research during his stint at Microsoft. After leaving Microsoft in 2000, Myhrvold established his own firm, Intellectual Ventures, LLC, which focuses on scientific and technology issues. He is still the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.He is credited with revolutionising cooking by developing the cooking lab, a novel concept. Since his boyhood, Nathan Myhrvold, co-author of the Modernest Cuisine and founder of the Food Lab, has had a strong interest in photography, cooking, and science. Nathan was praised when he was just 13 for preparing a delectable Thanksgiving feast for his family. His interests and hobbies grew day by day, and every day was devoted to a new launch and a better innovation for him. He spent most of his time reading new cookbooks and designing new cameras.
Myhrvold is vice chairman of TerraPower, an Intellectual Ventures spin-off that is working on a new type of nuclear reactor called a traveling-wave reactor that is supposed to be safer, cheaper, and cleaner than current nuclear power plants. Nathan worked as a stagier at Chief Thierry Rautureau’s restaurant Rover’s in Seattle while working as a chief technical officer at Microsoft. Nathan discovered “Intellectual Ventures” after retiring from Microsoft in 1999 and began devoting more time to his passions of food science, cooking, and photography. By this time, only a few of Nathan’s images had gained widespread acclaim in America and Washington.
Nathan had always wanted to produce a food science cookbook that covered the history of cooking, culinary techniques and equipment, the scientific layout of the process, and related dishes. As a result, Nathan quickly published “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking,” a 2438-page book in 2011, and subsequently “Modernist Cuisine at Home,” a 2012 book.
On expeditions with the Museum of the Rockies, he has participated in paleontological research. His work has been featured in publications such as Fortune, Time, Scholarly American, National Geographic Traveler, and Slate, as well as scientific journals such as Science, Nature, Paleobiology, PLOS One, and the Physical Review.
For his cookbook, Myhrvold won the James Beard Foundation Award.
For his book Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, he was awarded an honorary degree from The Culinary Institute of America.
100 Most Influential People Around the Globe
Foreign Policy journal added Myhrvold to its list of the world’s top 100 intellectuals.
On Friday, June 12, 2015, he was chosen as the keynote speaker for the UCLA College commencement ceremonies, and he was honored by the UCLA Division of Physical Sciences with the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Luminary Award.
Served as a Judge
Myhrvold served as a judge for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering’s inaugural competition in 2013. He won the James Madison Medal from Princeton University. The American Academy of Achievement presented him with the Golden Plate Award.