Dr. Jack Gill is a Managing Director investing
in telecommunications and Life Sciences at Vanguard. During
his career, Jack has earned distinction and honors as a scientist,
senior executive, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist.
Prior to co-founding Vanguard Ventures in 1981,
Jack was Executive Vice President and Group Manager of the
Scientific Divisions of Spectra Physics, the world's largest
manufacturer of commercial, scientific and industrial lasers.
In 1970, he founded Autolab, a pioneer in microprocessor-based
instruments and computers for chromatography laboratory applications,
which was later acquired by Spectra Physics. He remained as
Vice President, General Manager, growing the business into
a $70 million market share leader in laboratory automation
computers. Prior to Spectra Physics, Jack served as Director
of Research and Engineering in the Aerograph Division of Varian
Associates, focused on developments in gas chromatography,
high performance liquid chromatography, laboratory computerization,
and advances in instrumentation. Previously, he was a Senior
Research Chemist at Monsanto Company.
Jack has enjoyed a life-long passion for education.
He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Director of CIMIT,
the Center for Innovative Minimally Invasive Therapy, lectures
at Harvard Medical School and is an adjunct professor at Rice
University and Indiana University. In 1999, he and his wife
Linda created The Gill Foundation, which is dedicated to education
philanthropy, and that same year was awarded the Horatio Alger
Award for distinguished Americans.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in
Chemistry and Engineering from Lamar University, and a Ph.D.
in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University.
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