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IBM Honors Seven New IBM Fellows, Company's Highest Technical Honor


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NAPLES, FLA - 10 Jun 1999: -- IBM today announced that seven of its top scientists, researchers and developers have been named IBM Fellow, the company's most prestigious technical honor.

This year's new Fellows include some of the information technology industry's leading experts in storage, data management, microelectronics and high-end server technology. In addition, for the first time, three IBM Fellows were named from Lotus Development Corporation, an IBM subsidiary.

The new Fellows were recognized by IBM Chairman Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., at the company's annual Corporate Technical Recognition Event, held yesterday in Naples, FLA.

In addition to naming the new IBM Fellows, Gerstner presented 21 Corporate Awards totaling more than $2.6 million to 70 other scientists, engineers and programmers. These awards recognize individuals and teams who made unique technical contributions of superior value to the business, as well as inventors who have made significant technological contributions to the patent portfolio of IBM.

"With these honors, IBM celebrates sustained and distinguished technical achievements in engineering, programming and technology," said Nicholas Donofrio, senior vice president, technology and manufacturing. "This year's honorees reflect the spirit of technological innovation that drives IBM's research and development programs, and equally important, our ability to translate breakthrough technologies into products, services and solutions that dramatically impact the marketplace."

Since the program's launch in 1963, only 155 people have been appointed IBM Fellows, including five Nobel laureates. Only 52 active employees currently hold the honor.

1999 IBM Fellows

The seven new IBM Fellows are:

Tze-Chiang Chen, IBM Microelectronics Division
For more than a decade, Chen has played a key role in driving IBM's most advanced silicon chip technologies from research through development into volume manufacturing. Chen's contributions to advanced bipolar technology were critical to the success of IBM's last generation of bipolar mainframe systems. More recently, his contributions to the miniaturization and manufacturing of CMOS memory for current System/390 models have profoundly influenced IBM's technology leadership and been instrumental in enlisting Siemens and Toshiba as partners in a highly successful advanced semiconductor development program.

Irene Greif, Lotus Research
Greif, a Lotus Fellow, contributed greatly to Lotus' long-term success by creating a world-class research and development organization. Lotus Research has provided several breakthrough technologies to Lotus' product portfolio, especially in the area of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), which Greif pioneered. CSCW is the science underlying groupware products, such as Lotus Notes, that support teams of individuals working together on a task. Greif's personal contributions include early patented work on Version Manager, a feature that launched the group-enabling of all Lotus products. She also played a key role in setting the strategies for Domino, Lotus' Web-based collaborative technology, and Sametime, Lotus' real-time communications offering.

Alex Morrow, Lotus Internet Applications Division
First at IBM and later at Lotus, where he was named a Lotus Fellow, Morrow made significant contributions in fields ranging from programming languages and operating systems to software standards and personal computer software. His early achievements included the establishment of an international standard for the APL language and the ACIS 4.2 operating system for IBM's first workstations. When the Open Software Foundation was created to produce a standard UNIX operating system, Morrow became IBM's founding executive for this effort. More recently, he was a driving force behind the integration and unification of Lotus' product line and now is active in developing the next generation of "pervasive computing" technologies.

Stuart S. P. Parkin, IBM Research
Parkin made ground-breaking contributions in several fields of materials research. In recent years, he has been instrumental in improving the density of magnetic storage devices and securing IBM's continued leadership in this technology. Parkin's work on magnetic multilayers led him to discoveries and understanding of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and oscillatory exchange coupling, phenomena critical to the development of practical GMR devices. Then, working with storage systems researchers and engineers, he continued to make inventions that were vital to a new generation of highly sensitive read/write heads. More recently, he has exploited GMR in a new type of random access memory cell that is potentially ultrafast and would retain stored data when a computer is shut down.

Mir Hamid Pirahesh, IBM Research
Pirahesh is IBM's leading expert on the processing of requests for information from powerful relational databases, allowing data to be viewed in many different ways. Pirahesh's work forms the basis for query compilation in IBM's DB2 Universal Database, a best-selling database product that runs on platforms ranging from laptops to supercomputers. His work also affected every major relational database product in the industry by reshaping the entire architectural structure of a relational query compiler. This has resulted in new industry standards, dramatic design advances and much higher performance database systems.

Gururaj S. Rao, IBM S/390 Division
As chief engineer for S/390 hardware design, Rao is widely regarded as the key technical leader driving the evolution of IBM's large high-end systems. Earlier in his career, he led the design and implementation of Systems Leadership functions aimed at differentiating S/390 from its competition, and was personally responsible for such functions as the Asynchronous Data Mover and S/390 data compression. He also contributed the high level design for the S/390 Parallel Query Server and has played a leading role in developing new system architectures that exploit advances in hardware and software technologies.

Nicholas Shelness, Lotus Communications Product Division
Shelness is a world-class expert on messaging and groupware. As a Lotus Fellow, he made significant contributions to Lotus' e-mail and collaboration products including Notes, Domino and cc:Mail. He played a leading role in making Notes/Domino the industry's best-selling and most critically praised enterprise messaging platform. He architected the Lotus Messaging Switch, was a major contributor to the Asynchronous Protocol Standard and co-authored another standard that defines how a Web page and related information can be delivered simultaneously.

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