Many of today's greatest innovations are built on the shoulders of fundamental research conducted decades ago.
Since Stanford first opened its doors to students and faculty, a core tenet of the university has been for its citizens to improve the world around them. Stanford researchers have achieved this goal repeatedly over the years, through the development of devices that made radar and MRI scans possible, or medical breakthroughs like the first heart-lung transplant, or through invisible lines of computer code that make everyday technologies possible, such as digital music, email, and Google.
Those applied technologies, however, required a dedication to basic fundamental research. Though impossible to predict where the experiments of Stanford investigators will lead them, investing in their work – and in basic science in general – is crucial to keeping the #NextGreatDiscovery alive.