James H. Clark

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James H. Clark (born December 23, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and businessman. He is best known as the co-founder of Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), Netscape Communications Corporation, and Healtheon/WebMD.

Clark was born in Plainview, New York, and raised in nearby Bethpage. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1966. After graduating from MIT, Clark worked as a research engineer at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI).

In 1974, Clark co-founded Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) with Edward H. Eckert. SGI was a pioneer in the field of computer graphics, and its workstations were used by many of the world's leading research institutions and corporations. In 1994, Clark sold SGI to MIPS Computer Systems for $4.25 billion.

In 1995, Clark co-founded Netscape Communications Corporation with Marc Andreessen. Netscape was a pioneer in the field of web browsers, and its Navigator browser was the dominant browser on the World Wide Web in the late 1990s. In 1998, Netscape was acquired by America Online (AOL) for $4.2 billion.

In 1999, Clark co-founded Healtheon/WebMD with Leonard D. Schaeffer. Healtheon/WebMD was a pioneer in the field of online healthcare, and its website was used by millions of patients and healthcare professionals. In 2001, Healtheon/WebMD was acquired by Cerner Corporation for $5.7 billion.

In 2004, Clark co-founded MyCFO.com, a financial management website for small businesses. In 2007, MyCFO.com was acquired by Intuit for $125 million.

In 2010, Clark co-founded The Learning Company, a digital education company. In 2014, The Learning Company was acquired by Pearson Education for $2.4 billion.

Clark has been awarded numerous honors and awards, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2002), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2003), and the IEEE Computer Pioneer Award (2004). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Clark is a noted philanthropist, and he has donated millions of dollars to educational and charitable organizations. He is also a strong advocate for STEM education.

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