In the spirit of Black History Month, we honor Mark E. Dean, an inventor and computer engineer who has left a lasting technological legacy. Born in Jefferson City, Tennessee, in 1956, Mark Dean was one of the co-creators of the IBM personal computer and has been a driving force behind numerous other technological innovations.
Mark Dean received his Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He began his career at IBM in 1980 and quickly made a name for himself as one of the company’s top engineers.
One of Mark Dean’s most notable accomplishments came in 1981 when he co-created the IBM personal computer. This groundbreaking device marked a significant shift in the way people thought about and used computers, and it paved the way for the development of personal computing as we know it today.
But Mark Dean’s impact extends far beyond his role in creating the IBM personal computer. Mark Dean is a leader in the field of technology and has been awarded more than a dozen patents for his work in computer architecture and design. As a result of his body of work led him to be inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
This groundbreaking device marked a significant shift in the way people thought about and used computers, and it paved the way for the development of personal computing as we know it today.
In addition to his technical achievements, Mark Dean has also been an inspiration to the black community. As a Black man in a white male-dominated field, Mark Dean faced numerous challenges and obstacles. However, he persevered and became a role model for young people of color interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through his work and example, Mark Dean has shown that anyone can achieve great things with hard work and determination. He has inspired countless young people to pursue their dreams, and his impact will continue to be a north star for generations. Looking ahead, Mark Dean continues to inspire inventors and science and technology students. His story is a beacon of inspiration for young African American men and women and up-and-coming engineers for years to come.
Mark Dean is a true icon of the technology industry, and his contributions to the field are immeasurable. He has left a legacy not only as a co-creator of the IBM personal computer but also as a model for young people everywhere interested in pursuing STEM careers. In Mark Dean’s words, “A lot of kids growing up today aren’t told that you can be whatever you want to be. There may be obstacles, but there are no limits.”
The Los Angeles Urban League honors Mark Dean for all he has done for our community and the world.