Vice President, Rational Smarter Product Development
IBM Software Group
This week marked the passing of a true engineering role model, The Professor, played by Russell Johnson on Gilligan's Island. He was 89 years old and remained adored by fans throughout his career. For anyone watching TV in the 1970's, it would have been hard to not know the amazing character he portrayed. The Professor could make a lie detector, a battery charger, a helium balloon, a geiger counter, a sewing machine, and a telegraph. He did all of this with little more than bamboo, coconuts, and some spare parts lying around the island.
While these inventions may not have gotten them off the island, he never stopped trying. He showed a relentless level of innovation and continuous engineering! The Professor will be missed.