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Remembering Paul Allen

Last week, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A true innovator and philanthropist, Allen was a major influencer in the world of computing. According to Bill Gates, "personal computing would not have existed without him." Imagine a world without computing as we know it and you can feel the lasting impact Allen had.


In addition to Microsoft, Allen founded philanthropic network Vulcan. Through this organization, he supported emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. Vulcan also contributed to cultural and revitalization projects in Seattle. Allen owned the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and founded Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (also known as MoPOP), among many other ventures.


Cengage author, instructor, and Microsoft consultant Corinne Hoisington said of Allen: “Paul Allen furthered humanity - not just for his technology advancements, but for his philanthropy that he did without applause. He quietly left at his career pinnacle and then brilliantly shared his life to its fullest.”


Jonathan Lau, Cengage Senior Vice President of Skills, also shared his thoughts: “Paul Allen not only played a major role in the founding of Microsoft, but throughout his life helped to advanced causes like healthcare, education, and space travel, pushing the boundaries of humanity.”


Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that “his inquisitiveness, curiosity and push for high standards is something that will continue to inspire me and all of us at Microsoft.” Allen was known for stating "If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it" and he seemed to apply this concept in every aspect of his personal and professional life. From the entire Cengage Computing Team, our condolences go out to all who were touched by Paul Allen’s legacy.