​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

  • In the Inventive Factory of the Gifted Nathan Myhrvold

    Anaïs Moutot sits down with Nathan Myhrvold, TerraPower’s Vice Chairman, to discuss his past and current innovation projects. The piece mentions TerraPower’s origins and the company’s mission to develop advanced nuclear technologies.

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  • The Nuclear Option

    Miles O’Brien’s PBS documentary looks at how the next generation of nuclear reactors is bringing hope and addressing concerns. One segment takes a close look at the investment and startup of TerraPower, including an interview with TerraPower Vice Chairman Nathan Myhrvold, who offers an overview of the company’s technology design.

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  • 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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