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IFPTE Celebrates Black History Month

Mark Dean

Computer Scientist/Engineer
Born: 1957
Birthplace: Jefferson City, Tenn.

Born in Jefferson City, Tennessee, in 1957, computer scientist and engineer Mark Dean helped develop a number of landmark technologies for IBM, including the color PC monitor and the first gigahertz chip. He holds three of the company's original nine patents. He also invented the Industry Standard Architecture system bus with engineer Dennis Moeller, allowing for computer plug-ins such as disk drives and printers.
Dean was born on March 2, 1957, in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Dean is credited with helping to launch the personal computer age with work that made the machines more accessible and powerful.

From an early age, Dean showed a love for building things; as a young boy, Dean constructed a tractor from scratch with the help of his father, a supervisor at the Tennessee Valley Authority. Dean also excelled in many different areas, standing out as a gifted athlete and an extremely smart student who graduated with straight A's from Jefferson City High School.

In 1979, he graduated at the top of his class at the University of Tennessee, where he studied engineering.
The work of Dean and another IBM scientist is what allows IBM and IBM-compatible computer components to communicate with each other very rapidly, which made personal computers fast and efficient for the first time.

The first commercial use of their development was marketed in 1984 in the IBM PC/AT, and is currently being used in 40 million personal computers each year. Dr. Dean was the first African-American with an IBM fellowship and is Vice President of Performance for the RS/6000 Division in Austin, Texas.

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