Meet The Fellows
learn more about the class of 13
GO INSIDE THE INVENTIVE MIND
Follow along as we share the passion and anecdotes of IBMers who helped send people to the moon, hatched trillions of barcodes, launched the computer industry and then even taught one to play Jeopardy! They’re just some of the innovations we’ve been working on to build a smarter planet.
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Name: Neil Bartlett
Hails From: London
Working On: Analyzing risk with specialized software
Fun Fact: Speaks English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Thai & Russian
Q. What are some of your interests?
I love learning lots of different things. I can talk a bit of math, a bit of physics. I love learning new languages. I play a lot of instruments, none particularly well. My wife would tell you I have too many Interests.
Let’s smell a smarter planet,
with IBMer Hendrick Hamann
“Always listen, stay curious and keep your aperture wide open whether interacting with people from very different backgrounds and educations or reading different literature, etc.”
IBMer Hendrik Hamann
60 patents, 60 pending
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“I look to Thomas Edison for ideas on inventing. His most important invention was inventing the first R&D laboratory. He did not just design the first commercially viable light bulb, he also patented all the supporting devices like electric generators, transmission wires, switches and fuses. I try to take the same organized approach to my inventing. I am approaching 1/5 of an Edison. Thomas Edison filed 1,094 patents.”
70+ patents, 200+ pending
Computer science lab turned art studio? Connectivity of a Cognitive Computer Based on the Macaque Brain, an illustration by IBM Research, earns first place in Wired’s Best Science and Engineering Visualizations of 2012.
Big Brains. Small Films.
An IBMer on innovation vs. finance. See who wins.
“My patents come from solving problems. The insights can come in sleep, in the shower, or on a walk. Luckily, I haven’t been blinded by inspiration while driving.”
“The best inventors do it because it is so much fun, they can’t stop doing it.”
Bob Friedlander + James Kraemer
120+ patents, 350+ pending
“Identifying problems is key. Many people see annoyances, but going the extra steps to classify the problem as something solvable and list potential solutions is what leads to patents.”
Contortionist consumer electronic, 2012
innovation of the last 20 years
We all love the convenience of a laptop when flying, but with the onslaught of carry-on baggage restrictions and security checkpoints, sometimes you just want to leave it a home. You can’t blame the computer manufacturer, because really, how could they possibly make them any lighter, smaller or thinner? Well maybe they can, thanks to IBM US Patent No. 8,247,261.
Today’s top minds are creating ultra-thin, ultra pliable circuits by “slicing” already existing technology. This means we’ll be able to enjoy extremely durable, thin, and flexible electronics. Flex circuits can be made 10,000 times thinner than a sheet of paper and will create tons of innovative products from smartphones that won’t break to laptops that could quite literally fold up into your pocket. Sure does free up a lot more space in your luggage for souvenirs and duty-free cigars.