Day 5 Mark Dean – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Mark Dean born on March 2, 1957 is credited in two very important areas of the modern computer systems.  He was Chief engineer for the team that developed the IBM PC/AT the original home/office computer.  Later he helped develop the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) system bus.  This allowed multiple peripheral devices such as modems, and printers to be connected to a PC.

Dean owns three of the original nine patents that all PCs are based upon.  In early 1999 he and his team at IBM made history successfully testing the first gigahertz (1Ghz) CMOS microprocessor.  Overall Dean holds about 20 patents.

What you may not know is that Dean graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1979, and Florida Atlantic University in 1982.  While he was well accomplished, he decided to go back to school to achieve his PhD in Electrical Engineering graduating in 1992.

It says so much about him being that he was already a great contributor to modern computer history, but knowing he didn’t know it all he choose a path to higher learning.

TBTR

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  2. I am so enjoying and learning so much from these posts. To know so many African-Americans had and continue to have a hand in technology is exciting.

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