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American mathematician and businessmanwd:Q539791
country of citizenship:
United States of America
educated at: Stanford University, Pennsylvania State University, Carnegie Mellon University
occupation: businessperson, engineer, politician, merchant, university teacher, mathematician
award received: Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Presidential Medal of Freedom, California Hall of Fame, Rumford Prize, Order of Freedom, Knight of the National Order of Merit, Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, Honorary doctor of the University of Zagreb, Order of the Rising Sun, 1st class, Grand Order of King Dmitar Zvonimir, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
position held: United States Secretary of Defense, United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
William James Perry (born October 11, 1927) is an American mathematician, engineer, and businessman who was the United States Secretary of Defense from February 3, 1994, to January 23, 1997, under President Bill Clinton. He also served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993–1994) and Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (1977–1981).
Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University, with a joint appointment at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the School of Engineering. He is also a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He serves as director of the Preventive Defense Project. He is an expert in U.S. foreign policy, national security and arms control. In 2013 he founded the William J. Perry Project, a non-profit effort to educate the public on the current dangers of nuclear weapons.Perry also has extensive business experience and serves on the boards of several high-tech companies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among Perry's numerous awards are the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1997), Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1998) and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (2002), awarded by the Emperor of Japan.
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