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Dr Mark Dean

I just had to post this little tidbit of history, the story is quite amazing and not all surprising given some of the more troubled history of IBM.

You may not have heard of Dr. Mark Dean. And you aren’t alone. But almost everything in your life has been affected by his work.

See, Dr. Mark Dean is a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is in the National Hall of Inventors. He has more than 30 patents pending. He is a vice president with IBM. Oh, yeah. And he is also the architect of the modern-day personal computer. Dr. Dean holds three of the original nine patents on the computer that all PCs are based upon. And, Dr. Mark Dean is an African American.

So how is it that we can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IBM personal computer without reading or hearing a single word about him? Given all of the pressure mass media are under about negative portrayals of African Americans on television and in print, you would think it would be a slam dunk to highlight someone like Dr. Dean.

Somehow, though, we have managed to miss the shot. History is cruel when it comes to telling the stories of African Americans. Dr. Dean isn’t the first Black inventor to be overlooked. Consider John Stanard, inventor of the refrigerator, George Sampson, creator of the clothes dryer, Alexander Miles and his elevator, Lewis Latimer and the electric lamp. All of these inventors share two things:

One, they changed the landscape of our society; and, two, society relegated them to the footnotes of history. Hopefully, Dr. Mark Dean won’t go away as quietly as they did. He certainly shouldn’t. Dr. Dean helped start a Digital Revolution that created people like Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Dell Computer’s Michael Dell. Millions of jobs in information technology can be traced back directly to Dr. Dean.

Read more here: http://gibbsmagazine.com/

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  1. January 13, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Blame Oprah Winfrey. Seriously. Oprah won’t take on any issue if it means her ratings will suffer.

    Not one story about the 10,000 homes that are foreclosed upon every day in the United States by Oprah. Instead, her magazine buddies up with corporations like Chase Bank when she should be challenging them to do better.

    If you want to feel slightly better about things, check out the movie “Something the Lord Made”. Maybe some day these forgotten black inventors will have similar types of movies made. Something the Lord Made is one of my ten favorite films of all time.

    • thebigotbasher
      January 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm

      I left this to show your stupidity. It is all I can add.

  2. Johnqg
    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
    And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! 🙂

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