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News Release

February 14, 2006


Dawn Levy, News Service: (650) 725-1944,

Shaw memorial scheduled for March 4

A memorial service celebrating the life of engineer Herbert John Shaw will be held Saturday, March 4, at 12:30 p.m. at the Stanford Faculty Club. Shaw, a professor emeritus of applied physics and Stanford's most prolific inventor, was an innovative fiber optics researcher. In 1982, he and colleagues invented an optical gyroscope that was smaller, lighter and more durable than mechanical gyroscopes in use at the time. Shaw held 93 U.S. patents, three of which have brought Stanford more than $34 million in royalties since 1996. He died of natural causes at his home in Palo Alto on Jan. 20.

The family has requested donations in Shaw's memory be directed to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, 770 Welch Road, Suite 350, Palo Alto, CA 94304.


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