Harold F. Martin


Harold Martin held numerous engineering and managerial positions in the United States, culminating in his service as general manager of IBM's manufacturing and development facility in Rochester, Minn. from August 1977 to March 1981. In addition, he was a key participant in IBM's business outside the United States.

The following is the text of a corporate biography published in November 1972.


Harold F. Martin, general manager of the Advanced Systems Development Division, joined IBM in 1951 as a design engineer at Endicott, New York.

Since then, he has held numerous engineering and managerial positions at various IBM locations in the United States and has served in key posts with the company's World Trade Corporation in New York and Paris.

As an engineering manager he organized several new departments for the company in the advanced technology area. Mr. Martin also has guided the development, fabrication and delivery of several special purpose products and systems including: the Language Translation equipment for the New York World's Fair; a prototype electron beam recorder for IBM's trillion bit file; an Optical Image terminal (later the IBM 2760); and the video Image Distribution System for the RAND Corporation. He has eight issued U.S. patents.

Prior to his present position which he has held since January 1970, Mr. Martin was manager of IBM's Mohansic Systems Laboratory, the East Coast Facility of the Advanced Systems Development Division.

Mr. Martin received his B.S. degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology at Pasadena.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin and their four children reside in Chappaqua, New York.