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Gift From Ballmer Will Expand Computer Science Faculty at Harvard

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer plans to make a contribution to Harvard University that will allow the school to increase its computer science faculty by about 50%.


Harvard University counts two of the most successful computer programmers in the world — William H. Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, and Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive — as former students. But the university, one of the most respected overall in the world, has never quite made its way into the elite tier of computer science programs.

Now another famous Harvard alum from the technology industry, Steven A. Ballmer, wants to change that.

Mr. Ballmer, the former Microsoft chief executive, will make a financial contribution to Harvard that will enable the school to expand its computer science faculty by about 50 percent. With 24 current computer science faculty, Mr. Ballmer’s gift will allow the program to expand to about 35.

"I can tell you Harvard kids are world class and they deserve the diversity of a world-class computer-science education," Mr. Ballmer said in an interview.


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