Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt by Peter Adams.

Eric Schmidt, San Francisco, California, 2018.

Eric Schmidt is a technology executive and software engineer best known for his work as CEO of Google, and later as Executive Chairman of its parent company Alphabet. Schmidt started his career as an intern at Bell Labs where he developed Lex – a software program used to generated lexical analyzers for the UNIX operating system. Later, as CTO of Sun Microsystems, he pioneered the concept of the “network computer” (the predecessor to cloud computing) and launched the Java programming language. A long-time supporter of open source, Schmidt oversaw Google’s release of dozens of open source projects including the Android mobile operating system, the Chromium web browser, and Chrome OS.