Written by: Anne Nicholson, Brand Strategy Lead IBM A/NZ
At IBM we have a saying – “Treasure wild ducks.” Our former IBM chairman Thomas Watson, Jr. knew how important it was to work with people who question the way things are and challenge the status quo. Below we celebrate some of our favourite wild ducks in IBM’s Research & Development teams.
Joanna Batstone: Champion of Citizen Science
Joanna is our Vice President and Lab Director in Australia. She has a passion for citizen science and helping to improve the lives of Aussies and Kiwis. That includes asking Aussies to help Outthink Melanoma on iconic Bondi Beach.
Charles Bennett: A founder of Quantum information theory
Charles is a pioneer in the field of quantum information theory. He is also part of a group of six scientist who confirmed the intuitions of science fiction writers by showing that teleportation is possible in principle.
Chieko Asakawa: Inspiration
Blind since the age of 14, Chieko Asakawa has spent the last three decades inspiring those around her with her accessibility research and development.
Dharmendra Modha – Brain inspired computing
Last year Dharmendra was awarded Scientist of the Year by R&D Magazine and his TrueNorth Brain-inspired Processor has been accepted into the Computer History Museum.
Lisa Seacat Deluca – Mother of invention
Lisa Seacat Deluca is our most prolific female inventor and has filed over 420 patents, with over 225 issued to date. She is also a mother of four driven to keep tinkering and tweaking.
John Cohn: The Importance of play
Although recently retired John’s one of our favourite wild ducks. Affectionately known as the Chief Agitator, his guiding philosophy of the importance of play still inspires us.
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