Suhas Patil

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Suhas S. Patil, (born 1944) is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He founded Cirrus Logic, a fabless semiconductor company. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and MSEE and PhD from MIT. Patil founded Patil Systems, Inc., (1981) in Salt Lake City, which was renamed as Cirrus Logic in 1984 when it moved to Silicon Valley. He is the Chairman Emeritus of Cirrus Logic from 1997. He is the Chairman of Digité, Inc., which was earlier named Tufan Infotech and is also Chairman of the Board of Cradle Technologies. He also serves on the boards of The Tech Museum and the World Affairs Council of Northern California. Patil co-founded a global not for profit organization, the TiE – The Ind-US Entrepreneurs in 1992, together with successful entrepreneurs and businessmen of Indian origin in Silicon Valley for nurturing and mentoring entrepreneurs and young companies. He served as TiE's first president. Patil is an angel investor in numerous start-ups, like Vitalect.[1]

Patil received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. From 1970 until 1975, Patil was assistant professor of electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he also served as assistant director of Project MAC (Multi-Access Computer), the largest computer science laboratory in the U.S, where the timesharing computer system was developed. At MIT, he worked in the area of computer architecture and related topics. As a gift to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Patil awarded $1.5 million for the construction of the Suhas and Jayashree Patil Conference Center at the Stata Center.

He originally described the cigarette smokers problem in 1971.

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