Stanford Research Park

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Offices at Stanford Research Park, undated. Photo: PA Historical Assoc.
Offices at Stanford Research Park, undated. Photo: PA Historical Assoc.

Stanford Research Park is a technology park in Palo Alto on Stanford University-owned land. Built in 1951, as Stanford Industrial Park, it claims to be the world's first technology-focused office park. Frederick Terman is often credited with the idea and success of the Stanford Research Park, which was the first university-owned industrial park at the time of its founding and played a key role in creation of Silicon Valley. Early tenants included Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, and Lockheed.

The park covers 700 acres (2.8 kmĀ²) in an area surrounding Page Mill Road, to the west of El Camino Real. It is now run by the Stanford Management Company which was established in 1991 to manage the university' financial and real estate assets. The park's 162 buildings hold 23,000 employees who work for 140 different companies.

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