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Stanford University

Stanford University, at Stanford, Calif.; coeducational; chartered 1885, opened 1891 as Leland Stanford Junior Univ. (still the legal name). The original campus was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. David Starr Jordan was its first president.

In the decades since World War II, Stanford has become one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. It has extensive research facilities, including the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a remote-sensing laboratory, and an earthquake engineering center. The school has excellent libraries, and its several museums include outstanding ones of zoology and entomology. The Hopkins Marine Station is at Pacific Grove. The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace is located on the campus, as is the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Stanford has several overseas campuses.


See J. P. Mitchell, Stanford University, 1916–1941 (1958) and P. Allen, Stanford (1991).

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Stanford University


one of the leading universities of the USA, in the state of California. Stanford University was founded with private funds in 1885. As of 1975 it included a graduate school of business and schools of earth sciences, education, engineering, the humanities and sciences, law, and medicine. Other branches include the Food Research Institute, the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, an institute of physical education and athletics, and the Stanford Accelerator Center. The Hopkins Marine Station, a facility for research in oceanography and biology, is located at Pacific Grove. The university has a medical center, including a hospital with 1,000 beds.

In the 1974–75 academic year the university had more than 11,500 students and 2,500 teachers, including 507 professors. The library, which was founded in 1885, has more than 3.5 million volumes.

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Stanford University

A University in the city of Palo Alto, California, noted for work in computing, especially artificial intelligence. See SAIL.
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