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Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California, is a private university in the United States. It was founded in 1891 by the gift of the successful businessman Leland Stanford (1824-1893), a former governor of California, on the site of his country estate.
Stanford is one of the world's leading research institutions, with top professors and researchers in the fields of physics, medicine, engineering, and the natural sciences.
Some have criticized Stanford for its allegedly liberal policies, such as
- expelling a doctoral student from its program because he told the truth about mandatory abortion in China
- Banning of all ROTC programs because they allegedly discriminate against homosexuals.