Dr. Dean’s Contributions to Computers

Mark Dean, computer scientist and engineer. Source: New Relic.

In celebration of Black History Month, we turn our attention to computer scientist and engineer Dr. Mark Dean who, during his tenure at International Business Machines (IBM), made significant contributions to the digital world as we know it today.

Dr. Dean, with the help of a colleague, improved the personal computer (PC) through the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) systems bus (which allowed devices such as printers to connect directly to PCs), helped develop a color monitor for the PC, and created the first one gigahertz computer processor chip (which allowed PCs to work faster).

Read on below to learn more about Dr. Dean in an article from Thought Co.

Discover other black pioneers in computer science via this infographic by New Relic.

Biography of Mark Dean, Computer Pioneer

Mark Dean (born March 2, 1957) is an American inventor and computer engineer. He was part of the team that developed some of the key components to early computers in the 1980s. Dean holds three of the nine patents related to IBM’s personal computers, and his work forms part of the foundation of modern computing. Read more…

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