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IBM Fellows

Extraordinary achievements by exceptional individuals

The best and brightest of our best and brightest

50 years of IBM Fellows

50 years of IBM Fellows

From its inception, the Fellows program has celebrated the "wild ducks" of innovation.

The IBM Fellows program was founded in 1962 by Thomas J. Watson, Jr., as a way to promote creativity among the company's "most exceptional" technical professionals. The following year, the first appointments were made and the tradition has since carried on every year.

The criteria for appointment are stringent and take into account only the most significant technical achievements. In addition to a history of extraordinary accomplishments, candidates must also be considered to have the potential to make continued contributions.

The title of IBM Fellow is the company's pre-eminent technical distinction, granted in recognition of outstanding and sustained technical achievements and leadership in engineering, programming, services, science and technology. In the past, IBM Fellows, a group that includes a Kyoto Prize winner, five Nobel Prize winners, fostered some of the company’s most stunning technical breakthroughs―from the Fortran computing language to the systems that helped put the first man on the moon to the Scanning Tunneling Microscope, the first instrument to image atoms.