If you’ve ever plugged in an Ethernet cable, you have Bob Metcalfe to thank. He invented the Ethernet in 1973. That breakthrough and others earned him what may be the coolest job title at The University of Texas: professor of innovation.
Now the tech titan is bringing a lecture on innovation and entrepreneurship to the Texas Exes Houston Chapter. On Oct. 31, Metcalfe will speak to chapter members as part of the University’s Game Changers on the Road lecture series.
A partnership between UT and the Texas Exes, the program brings distinguished University researchers to Texas Exes chapters across the country. At past Game Changers events, the Dallas Chapter learned about the neuroscience of risk-taking and the Boston Chapter got a grasp on the basics of computational science.
Metcalfe, who is listed in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, has a well-earned reputation as a charismatic speaker. When his 1996 prediction of the Internet’s collapse failed to come true, Metcalfe literally ate his words, blending his paper and eating it with a spoon before an audience.
Registration for the event has closed, but you can get more details on future Game Changers events here.
Bob Metcalfe. Photo courtesy the Cockrell School of Engineering.