Edward R. McCracken

Former Chairman and CEO | Silicon Graphics, Inc.McCracken, Edward

Education
BS Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1966; MBA, Stanford University, 1968

Initiated Triangle
Iowa State Chapter, 1964

Family
Daughter, Kathi, and son, David

Activities
Director, National Semiconductor Corporation; Director, Tularik, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company; Director, Acumen International, a privately held management consulting company; Director, PRASAD America, a charitable foundation supporting medical care in less-developed countries; Former Co-Chairman, U.S. National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council

Awards
U.S. National Medal of Technology “for his groundbreaking work in the areas of affordable 3D visual computing and supercomputing technologies; and for his technical and leadership skills in building Silicon Graphics into a global advanced technology company,” 1995; Executive of the Year, R&D Magazine, 1995; Distinguished Achievement Award, Iowa State University Alumni Association, 1995

Observations
Business Week described Silicon Graphics as “the gee-whiz company…the most magical computer maker on the planet…the genuine article; a truly innovative company with clearly unique products.” About McCracken, the magazine said, “His cautious business philosophy allows SGI to make big bets in technology.” Upside magazine called him the company’s “visionary.”

Inducted
1996