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William Perry

Born: Oct 11, 1927

Death: Oct 19, 2004

Birthplace: Vandergrift

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

William Perry

Date of Birth : Oct 11, 1927
Date of Death : Oct 19, 2004
Birth Place : Vandergrift

William James Perry 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 and Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Perry is currently the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor 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 co-director of the Nuclear Risk Reduction initiative and the Preventive Defense Project. He is an expert in U.S. foreign policy, national security and arms control. Former Secretary Perry also has extensive business experience and currently serves on the boards of several high-tech companies and is Chairman of Global Technology Partners. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  • Politician
  • Mathematician
  • Engineer
  • Entrepreneur

Also known as

  • William J. Perry
  • William James Perry

Awards Won

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Rumford Prize
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