Born April 27, 1955 in Washington, D.C.
After graduating from Yorktown High School (Virginia), Schmidt attended Princeton University where he earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1976.
In 1979, he earned a Master of Science degree at the University of California, Berkeley, for network designing.
In early 1980-s, Schmidt served in major IT companies, including Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where he worked as a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab, as well as Bell Labs and Zilog.
In 1982, he held a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a dissertation about the problems of managing distributed software development and tools for solving these problems.
In 1983, he joined Sun Microsystems. There he worked as Software Manager and led the company’s Java development efforts.
From 1996 to 2006, Mr.Chambers was a Member of the Board of Directors of Siebel Systems (in 2006 the company was taken over by Oracle). Besides that, he was a member of various companies’ Boards of Directors (Integrated Archive Systems, Tilion).
From 1997 to 2001, he served in Novell as CEO. He led that company’s strategic planning, management and technology development, and participated in sale of company to Cambridge Technology Partners.
In July 2001, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt for Google as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
On August 29, 2006, he was elected to Apple's Board of Directors.
In 2006, Mr.Schmidt was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which appreciated his work on the strategy of the worldwide success for the company providing services in the Internet search engines.
In June 2010, he joined the Skolkovo Foundation Council staff.