The Leland Stanford Junior University, more commonly known as Stanford University, is one of the most prestigious U.S. universities. Located in the center of the Silicon Valley, separated from Palo Alto by the El Camino Real avenue, the university was particularly involved in the development of the Internet. Its founder’s name, Leland Stanford, was a U.S. businessman and politician in the 19th century. Among the university’s professors and researchers, 18 of them are Nobel Prize laureates. In the sport area, the Stanford Cardinal team defends the Stanford University colors. Two members of the Académie française are currently Stanford professors: René Girard (Professor Emeritus) and Michel Serres.