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John Cohn: 35 years with IBM

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For the last 35 years, John Cohn has been an indispensable part of IBM. With over seventy patents and countless contributions to technology, he continues to innovate and promote progression within IBM. His passion for science and engineering enlighten all who will take the time to listen.

Within IBM and developer communities, John is a household name. For those who have not had the opportunity to learn from John, his intelligence and charisma reach far beyond his career.

His wife and family are based in Jonesville, Vermont, where they have been for the last 26 years. Growing up in Houston, Texas, he was exposed to the wonders of science through his family’s connections to NASA. This sparked a passion for understanding how things worked, for creativity, and for building. Fueled by his passion, he went on to study Microelectronics at MIT, a cutting-edge, innovative and unique field during that time.

After graduating from MIT, he began work with IBM but still wanted to do more. He created a laboratory in his schoolhouse-turned-home and began to experiment with everything he could dream up. This work has gone on to be featured in movies, magazines, museums, and more. While he loves to create, he also loves to inspire others to do the same. His career has also been focused on sharing a love for science and how it can apply to anything. Side projects including “Jolts and Volts” and “Inventors like You” have inspired many to go on and fulfill a path toward innovation.

About 10 years ago, John became an IBM Fellow, which is the highest technical rank within IBM. There are only 90 among IBM’s 200,000 technical workforce, and he has also earned the title of Chief Agitator – a title he works to maintain every day.

To celebrate his 35 years, GM Harriet Green gave a touching tribute to the extraordinary career he has built. Watch the video recap here:

We echo the sentiment, Harriet. Congratulations to you, John! It’s a good time to be a nerd.

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