IBM Scientist Named "Innovator Of The Year" By R&D Magazine

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SAN JOSE, CA - 02 Oct 2001: IBM researcher Stuart S.P. Parkin has been named "Innovator of the Year" by R&D Magazine, a leading technical trade magazine.

Parkin, an IBM Fellow and materials scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, made pioneering scientific and technological discoveries that led to the creation of the "giant magnetoresistive head," an extraordinarily sensitive magnetic sensor used in virtually all computer hard-disk drives now being made.

Since IBM's 1997 introduction of the GMR head, data storage densities have doubled annually -- a pace of improvement surpassing even that of Moore's Law for semiconductors.

"Dr. Parkin's technical accomplishments and their resulting value epitomize what our Innovator of the Year program is all about -- bringing unique and technologically significant products to market that provide high value to the individual's corporate organization," said Tim Studt, Editor in Chief of R&D Magazine, a Cahners Business Information publication based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Parkin will be honored on October 4 at R&D Magazine's 39th Annual R&D 100 Awards Banquet in Chicago. This is the first year R&D Magazine has awarded an Innovator of the Year. The honor recognizes one individual who has demonstrated excellence and creativity in the design, development, and introduction into the marketplace of one or more technologically significant products over the past five years. Parkin was selected by an independent judging panel of six product development experts within the research and development community. The award's exclusive corporate sponsor is Sopheon, an international knowledge management software and services company with U.S. headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A native of Watford, England, Parkin, 45, was educated in Cambridge, England, and joined IBM Research in 1982. His early work at IBM included important discoveries in both organic low-temperature superconductors and ceramic high-temperature superconductors. Since the late 1980s, Parkin has been exploring the design and behavior of tiny sandwich-like structures comprised of extraordinarily think layers of magnetic, non-magnetic metallic and insulating materials.

Parkin has also won or shared several other prestigious scientific honors, including the Materials Research Society's first Outstanding Young Investigator Award (1991), the Charles Vernon Boys Prize of the Institute of Physics (U.K.) (1991), the American Physical Society's International New Materials Prize (1994) and the European Physical Society's Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize (1997). In 1999, he was named an IBM Fellow -- IBM's highest technical honor -- and in May 2000 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (London).

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