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Eli Zelkha
Zelkha Ambient Intelligence.tif
Zelkha at a panel discussion on Ambient Intelligence
Elias Zelkha

May 4, 1950(1950-05-04)
Tehran, Iran
DiedJanuary 8, 2017(2017-01-08) (aged 66)
Alma materColgate University, Stanford University
OccupationEntrepreneur, venture capitalist, professor
Known forAmbient Intelligence

Elias "Eli" Zelkha (May 4, 1950 – January 8, 2017) was an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and professor. He was the inventor of ambient intelligence, an idea from computer science to create an environment of machines that meaningfully interact with people. He studied at Colgate University and Stanford University.

Zelkha was born in Tehran, Iran and he was of Jewish faith. He was married to Alice and had three children.

Zelkha died on January 8, 2017 in Woodside, California at the age of 66.[1]


  1. "Elias Zelkha". Palo Alto Online. January 8, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017.