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SRI International Presents Silicon Valley Visionary Paul Cook with Award for Innovation Excellence

SRI’s Gibson Achievement Award recognizes contributions that have had a noteworthy impact on society

Menlo Park, Calif.—January 18, 2008—SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, today announced that Paul Cook is the 2008 recipient of SRI's Weldon B. "Hoot" Gibson Achievement Award. Mr. Cook is a renowned Silicon Valley leader. Among his many achievements, his founding of Raychem Corporation (now part of Tyco Electronics) pioneered an industry that today serves a multi-billion-dollar market.

A Lifetime of Innovation

Mr. Cook, a graduate of MIT, was one of SRI International's earliest employees when he joined SRI as a chemical engineer in 1948. He later headed SRI's Radiation Chemistry Laboratory, where he saw potential in the use of high-energy electrons to alter the molecular structure of polymers.

In 1957, Mr. Cook founded Raychem Corporation to develop commercial applications in the entirely new field of radiation chemistry. He served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board, leading the company's development of innovative new technologies in more than 200,000 products and reaching annual sales of $1 billion. Raychem technologies can now be found in a myriad of industries, including automotive, aviation, military, cable television, and medical.

Mr. Cook founded several other companies, including CellNet Data Systems, DIVA, and Promptu, a provider of voice recognition-based search and navigation services for mobile phones for which Mr. Cook is currently chairman.

Mr. Cook served on SRI's Board of Directors for nine years, including six years as chairman. He currently is a board member of Sarnoff Corporation, an SRI subsidiary.

In recognition of his technical accomplishments and business leadership in the field of radiation chemistry, Mr. Cook was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1988. He is also the recipient of the Winthrop-Sears Medal from the Chemical Industry and the Golden Omega Award from the Electrical/Electronics Insulation Conference. Mr. Cook has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Science, and the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame.

"Paul Cook's achievements cannot be overstated," said Curtis R. Carlson, SRI's president and CEO. "Paul is one of the remarkable people that built Silicon Valley into the world innovation leader that it is today. We have learned much from Paul over the years. He has been a champion and played a major role in creating today's world-changing SRI.  I am honored to present Paul with SRI's highest tribute, the Gibson Achievement Award."

About the Weldon B. Gibson Achievement Award

The Weldon B. Gibson Achievement Award was established in 1996 in honor of an early SRI principal, the late Senior Director Emeritus Dr. Weldon B. "Hoot" Gibson, on the occasion of SRI's 50th anniversary. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an SRI staff member or team that have had a noteworthy impact on the standard of living and on the peace and prosperity of society, and have added special luster to the reputation of SRI. Past winners include Doug Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse; H. Edwin Robison, for his economic development work in emerging nations; "techno-economics" pioneer Dennis Finnigan; and the SRI team who revolutionized banking with the first computerized banking system in the 1950s.