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Larry Smarr

ORG California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology Title BIO Larry Smarr, age 54, was an undergraduate at the University of Missouri, earned a master's at Stanford University, and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. In the 1970s, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Departments of Physics and of Astronomy in 1979. For two decades, Dr. Smarr conducted observational, theoretical, and computational based research in relativistic astrophysics, resulting in the publication of over seventy scientific papers. In 1985 he was named the founding Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois. In October, 1997, he also became the Director of the National Computational Science Alliance, comprised of over fifty universities, government labs, and corporations linked with NCSA in a national-scale virtual enterprise to prototype the information infrastructure of the 21st Century. During the fifteen years that Dr. Smarr directed NCSA, the center made major contributions to the development of the Internet, the Web, the Grid, and scientific visualization. August 2000, moved to La Jolla, CA where he became a professor of the Jacobs School's Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California at San Diego. Shortly thereafter he became the founding Institute Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, which brings together over two hundred faculty from UCSD and UC Irvine with over fifty industrial partners to research the future development of the Internet. In 2002 he was named the Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Information Technologies. Smarr has been active in building new bridges between the university and the community. While living in Urbana, Smarr inspired the creation of CCnet, which was an "internet frontier" organization created by the Champaign Chamber of Commerce, bringing together city and county government, healthcare, libraries, small businesses, and agribusiness with the University of Illinois and Parkland Community College, to create an early electronic community. In 1998 Smarr was named Champaign County's Most Valuable Citizen by the Chamber. Since coming to San Diego, Smarr has worked closely with the San Diego Telecom Council to further the region's leadership in wireless and optical networking. He was named the 2002 Headliner of the Year in Technology by the San Diego Press Club and was invited to be the Technology Marshal in the La Jolla Town Council 45th Annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival. Smarr was a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee and is currently on the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH and the NASA Advisory Council. His views on the future of the Internet, supercomputers, and computational science have been quoted widely in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Business Week, Red Herring, Nature and Science. Smarr is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1990 he received the Franklin Institute's Delmer S. Fahrney Gold Medal for Leadership in Science or Technology. He co-authored with William Kaufmann III, the book, Supercomputing and the Transformation of Science.