Collection includes personal
correspondence, 1969-2002; materials pertaining to Microsoft, both his career there and the
company, 1976-99; his research materials and notebooks on computers, the software industry,
investments, and other interests, 1988-2006; papers, yearbooks, notebooks, and other items
from his student career, 1971-80 (high school, Oregon State University, Stanford University,
and Harvard Business School); materials pertaining to his philanthropic interests; and
photographs and other AV materials.
Richard Weiland earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Stanford in
1976. His first job was with his former high school classmates Bill Gates and Paul Allen at
Microsoft, where he managed the completion of the COBOL compiler and helped develop the
BASIC interpreter. He left Microsoft in 1988 to pursue full-time philanthropy, where his
interests were education; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; health and human
services; and the environment.
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