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David Packard Award Dinner 2016

Event Overview

David Packard Award Dinner 2016

We honored Gordon Moore for his contributions to science, technology and ocean conservation

Some of the nation's most iconic technology companies and industry leaders joined us in May as we honored Intel co-founder Gordon Moore with the David Packard Award. Held at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) headquarters in Palo Alto, the event raised nearly $4 million to support our new Center for Ocean Education and Leadership.

"It is so important that we use the technology available to us to learn about our oceans, which have such a huge impact on the future health of our entire planet," said Meg Whitman, our dinner chair and HPE President & CEO, in her welcoming remarks. "I am deeply grateful to all of you for supporting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and its work to understand and protect our ocean."

We celebrated with over 400 guests, including inaugural David Packard Award recipient and former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

"Everyone here tonight has had a hand in putting the Monterey Bay Aquarium on the map," Julie Packard said. "I am so deeply grateful for your support and energized by your confidence in our work."

Keynote speaker Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences, talked about the critical role the ocean plays in mitigating the impacts of global climate change, and the urgent need to address the challenge.

"While we've been working to save the ocean, the ocean is saving us," she said. "If it were not for the ocean, the amount of global warming we would otherwise experience would be truly intolerable."

And California, she said, "has been a leader in using science to establish marine protected areas and proving that they work. With the uncertainty of climate change, marine protected areas are an insurance policy to take the stress off the overexploited ocean."

Today, McNutt said, "science tells us that we cannot delay in deciding on a strategy for addressing climate change. Science does not dictate what approaches we should take, but does help clarify the tradeoffs. My hope is that with leadership from great institutions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, preferred approaches to tackling climate change are those that acknowledge the importance of the ocean to the welfare of every living being."

Co-chair Bill Gates provided an inspiring video message to Gordon Moore, whom we recognized as an innovator, entrepreneur and ocean conservationist.

"I really am honored to get this award," Gordon Moore said. "It really makes me proud. David Packard had so much influence on what went on in this Valley, in the nation and in the world."

Dinner Chair

  • Meg Whitman


  • Craig Barrett
  • Marc Benioff
  • Peter Bing
  • Bill Bowes
  • John Chambers
  • John Doerr
  • Harvey Fineberg
  • Bill Gates
  • Jen-Hsun Huang
  • Pitch Johnson
  • Vinod Khosla
  • Larry Kramer
  • Brian Krzanich
  • Pierre Lamond
  • Bill Landreth
  • Carol Larson
  • Martin Lipton
  • Steve Luczo
  • James C. Morgan
  • Michael Moritz
  • Shantanu Narayen
  • Susan Orr
  • Paul Otellini
  • Greg Penner
  • Arthur Rock
  • George P. Shultz
  • Gene Sykes
  • Mark Weinberger
  • Dion Weisler
  • Gideon Yu
  • Yang Yuanqing


  • Steven Denning
  • John H.N. Fisher
  • Bonnie W. Gwin
  • Lowell C. McAdam
  • Bill McDermott
  • Satya Nadella
  • Sung-wook Park
  • Tom Patterson
  • Paul Roche
  • Frederick W. Smith
  • John Thompson
  • John Watson