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The Leland Stanford Junior University, referred to more generally as Stanford University or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California. It was founded by railroad tycoon Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford, in 1891 to honor the memory of their son, Leland Stanford, Junior, who died of typhoid at the age of 15.

The university is organized into seven schools, including academic schools of Humanities and Sciences and Earth Sciences as well as professional schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine. Stanford has a student body of approximately 7,000 undergraduate and 8,900 graduate students.

Stanford University is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in the United States and the world. Since 1952, more than 54 Stanford faculty, staff, and alumni have won the Nobel Prize, including 19 current faculty members, and Stanford has the largest number of Turing award winners (dubbed the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science") for a single institution. Stanford is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires, 17 astronauts, and one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress. Faculty and alumni have founded many prominent companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo!, and companies founded by Stanford alumni generate more than $2.8 trillion in revenue annually, equivalent to the 10th largest economy in the world.

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