Jeff Bezos ’86, founder of Amazon.com, and Jeffrey Ullman *66, Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Computer Science (Emeritis), Stanford University, were elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Bezos was recognized as a business leader and Ullman for his contributions to computer science.
Bezos earned a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton in 1986. He went on to become founder and CEO of the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com. This year Baron’s magazine included him in their annual list of the “World’s Best CEOs.”
Ullman received a Ph.D. from Princeton in electrical engineering in 1966. He stayed on campus as a faculty member for the next ten years, then moved to Stanford University. Ullman’s research interests include database theory, database integration, date mining and education using the information infrastructure.
These two Princeton alumni are among the 220 scholars, scientists, writers, artists and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders elected to the academy in 2012. Members are not only honored by this center of independent research, but they contribute to academy publications and studies in a wide range of fields. New members will be inducted at a ceremony in October at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.