From an SRI press release:
Paul Cook is one of the most successful and prolific innovators and entrepreneurs in the history of Silicon Valley. Starting at SRI International as a chemical engineer in 1948 after graduating from MIT, Mr. Cook later become head of the Radiation Chemistry Laboratory. He was SRI's forty-eighth employee; SRI today employs a staff of 1,500 in Menlo Park.
In 1957, Mr. Cook founded Raychem Corporation to develop commercial applications for an entirely new field-radiation chemistry-and served as chief executive officer and chairman of the Board. While at Raychem, Mr. Cook pioneered a new industry, creating some 200,000 products.
Mr. Cook served as chairman of SRI International for five years and remains a member of its Board of Directors, where he has held a position since 1987. He is chairman of Sarnoff Corporation and served as chairman and CEO of Cell Net Data Systems.
Mr. Cook is the founder and chairman of DIVA, a spin-off of SRI International's wholly owned subsidiary Sarnoff Corporation. Founded in 1995, DIVA is the leading provider of digital interactive video-on-demand technology and services for the cable television industry
Mr. Cook was one of only ten American scientists to have received the National Medal of Technology from President Ronald Reagan. He has also been the recipient of the Winthrop-Sears Medal from the Chemical Industry Association in 1986 and, in 1989, the Golden Omega Award for contributions to technical progress by the Electrical/ Electronic Insulation Conference (EEIC).