Len Shustek

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Leonard Jay Shustek
Len Shustek, CHM 2011.jpg
Len Shustek (center) 2011
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationPhD, Stanford University
Alma materPolytechnic Institute of New York University
OccupationOccasional Consulting Professor
EmployerStanford University
Board member ofComputer History Museum, Polytechnic Institute, Tablus (Technical Advisory Board)
SpouseDonna Dubinsky

Leonard J. "Len" Shustek is an American computing pioneer and chairman of the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum located in Mountain View, California.[1]

Background and career[edit]

Shustek received BS and MS from Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn, New York.[2] After earning his PhD from Stanford University, he became an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. After leaving the faculty, he co-founded Nestar Systems in 1979,[3][4] and Network General in 1986.[5] In 2003, he provided a $2.5 million endowment for the "Leonard J. Shustek Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Chair" at Polytechnic Institute of New York University.[6] He has also taught computer science at Stanford University.[7]

In 1972, Shustek proposed using microcode for evaluating the performance of computer systems.[8] He received BS and MS from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn.[2]

In a 1999 interview, Shustek reflected upon the failure of major computer suppliers decades earlier to recognize the need for computer networks. According to Shustek, computer scientist Harry Saal resigned his position at IBM Santa Teresa Laboratory, because he could not convince IBM to develop local area networks. Saal then convinced Shustek to give up his position as an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon, and together they founded the networking company Nestar.[3]


  1. ^ Gardner Hendrie (2002-07-16), Shustek, Len (Leonard J.) oral history (PDF), Computer History Museum, retrieved 2021-11-22
  2. ^ a b Shustek, Len. "A Walk Through "Visible Storage"".
  3. ^ a b Burg (August 1, 2002). The Triumph of Ethernet: Technological Communities and the Battle for the LAN Standard (Innovation and Technology in the World E). ISBN 978-0-8047-4094-4.
  4. ^ Urs von Burg and Martin Kenney (September 1998). "Venture capital and the birth of the local area networking industry" (PDF). Elsevier Science B.V. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2014-11-04. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Overview of Computer History Museum, Bloomberg Businessweek, retrieved 2012-10-29
  6. ^ Stephanie Rosenbloom (March 12, 2003). "Professor Joins Polytechnic". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  7. ^ "Leonard J. Shustek". Computer History Museum.
  8. ^ Saal, Harry J; Shustek, Leonard J (1972), "Microprogrammed implementation of computer measurement techniques", Conference record of the 5th annual workshop on Microprogramming - MICRO 5, Micro 5, Proceeding MICRO 5 Conference record of the 5th annual workshop on Microprogramming, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 42–50, doi:10.1145/776378.776383, ISBN 9781450373692, OSTI 1442245, S2CID 16709945, retrieved 2012-10-29

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