Bill Gates to speak on campus Feb. 19 in Memorial Auditorium

Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft Corp., will give a special presentation in Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 19. His talk, "On Software, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Giving Back," will be open to Stanford students, faculty and staff.

In addition to conveying the importance of digital innovation in driving the global economy, Gates will discuss the social benefits of careers based in math and science that address pressing societal issues.

The talk, scheduled from 3:45 to 5 p.m., coincides with Gates' increasing emphasis on philanthropy. After more than 30 years at Microsoft, which he began in 1975 with childhood friend Paul Allen, Gates is expected to transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on global health and education work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since its inception in 2000, the foundation has committed $16.3 billion in grants and currently has an endowment of $38.7 billion.

Gates has made several previous visits to Stanford and has spoken about Microsoft's technological developments, as well as America's prospects for leading the world in providing information technology. Just as with past visits, Gates' upcoming appearance is expected to reach capacity.

Starting on Monday, tickets were made available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket office in Tresidder Union to students, staff and faculty with a Stanford ID. On Feb. 19, doors will be open from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Ashley Kamiura is a science-writing intern at the Stanford News Service.