Mark Dean
Tech History

Mark Dean – Black History Month

Mark Dean is an African-American computer engineer and inventor, who is best known for owning 3 of the 9 patents that went into building the original @ibm PC. He was the major leader of the team that helped create the first gigahertz microprocessor!


Dean was an excelled student, having been a straight-A student in high school and would graduate the top of his class at the University of Tennessee, where he studied engineering. He would work at IBM post grad, but later in life would continue to further his education. He earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Florida Atlantic University in 1982. Dean completed his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1992.

Career and Invention

Not long after college, Dean landed a job at IBM, who proved a rising star. Dean developed the new Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) systems bus, a new system that allowed peripheral devices like disk drives to be plugged directly into computers. His work also led to the development of the color PC monitor as well as create the first gigahertz chip. Currently, Dean is the John Fisher Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee.
Dean was once an IBM Vice President, overseeing the company’s Almaden Research Center before becoming the Chief Technology Officer for IBM Middle East and Africa.


In 1996, he was named an IBM fellow, the first African-American ever to receive the honor. He was also honored with the Black Engineer of the Year President’s Award (1997), inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (1997) and a member of the National Academy of Engineers (2001).




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