Norman Winarsky

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Norman Winarsky
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Nationality American
Institutions Institute for Advanced Study
Sarnoff Corporation
SRI International
Stanford University
Alma mater University of Chicago

Norman Winarsky is vice president of Ventures at SRI International and was a co-founder and board member of Siri.[1][2] He is also a visiting scholar at Stanford University.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Winarsky earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1969, a Master of Science in 1970, and a Ph.D. in 1974, all in mathematics and from the University of Chicago.[3][4] His Ph.D. thesis, "Reducibility of Principal Series Representations of p-Adic Groups" was completed under the advisement of Paul Sally. From 1969 to 1974, Winarsky was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and was a member of the mathematics department of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey from 1971 to 1972, and the summers from 1973 to 1976.[5]


After receiving his Ph.D., Winarsky was initially an assistant professor of mathematics at the State University of New York.[3] In 1976, Winarsky joined RCA Laboratories, later known as Sarnoff Corporation.

Winarsky has been SRI International's vice president, Ventures and Strategic Business Development, since November 2001; in this position, he is responsible for licensing and spin-offs.[5]

Since 2010, he has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, researching regions of innovation.[3]

Awards and memberships[edit]

In 1984, Winarsky received the Sarnoff Award, RCA Laboratories' highest honor, for "development of the physical understanding and computer software for simulating electron trajectories in picture tubes".[3][6] In 2011, he received an alumni service award from the University of Chicago.[4]

Winarsky is a member of the ACM, the IEEE, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi.[3]