​Nathan Myhrvold, Ph.D

Vice Chairman of the Board

Nathan Myhrvold is the vice chairman of the Board of TerraPower LLC, the first spin-out company of Intellectual Ventures®, an invention company based in Bellevue, Wash.

As founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures, Dr. Myhrvold focuses on a variety of business interests relating to the funding, creation and commercialization of inventions. Previously, he served as the chief strategist and chief technology officer of the Microsoft Corporation. During his 14-year tenure with the software leader, he founded Microsoft Research and numerous technology groups that resulted in many of Microsoft’s most successful products. Dr. Myhrvold has an extensive background in mathematics and science – he earned a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics and a master’s degree in mathematical economics from Princeton University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of applied mathematics and theoretical physics at Cambridge University and worked on research with renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, IEEE and the advisory board to the University of Washington’s physics department.

Dr. Myhrvold shares the views of his peers at TerraPower that nuclear energy is the only proven generation source that can provide the large-scale, base load electricity needed to meet the world’s growing energy demands while combating global warming.

Media Coverage

  • Nuclear Needs to Be an Option

    Nathan Myhrvold, vice chairman of the board for TerraPower, advocates for the importance of nuclear energy technologies.

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  • In Search of Energy Miracles

    TerraPower is mentioned in Justin Gillis’ summary of CERAWeek.

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  • Power Surge

    Focusing on the latest and greatest energy innovations, this NOVA special includes Intellectual Ventures’ Nathan Myhrvold speaking on nuclear power and TerraPower amongst other innovations, from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal.

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  • A Window into the Nuclear Future

    TerraPower and the TWR were profiled by the Wall Street Journal, including comments from Nathan Myhrvold and Bill Gates, and a new graphic detailing how the TP-1 works.

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  • Bill Gates Goes Nuclear

    Last year, Bill Gates caused a stir by releasing mosquitoes into the audience at the TED conference. His aim: to bring to life the idea of malaria as a scourge of the modern world. This year, he set free some fireflies to highlight a new theme: energy and climate change.

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  • John Gilleland: On the Traveling Wave Reactor

    TerraPower, LLC has been launched by the company Intellectual Ventures to design a traveling wave nuclear reactor.

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