Industrial Research Institute Awards 2005 IRI Medal to Paul M. Horn, Senior Vice President and Director of Research for the IBM Corporation

Leader of Research Division is 60th Recipient of Prestigious Industry Award

Arlington, VA – May 17, 2005 - The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) announces today that it awarded the 2005 Industrial Research Institute Medal to Dr. Paul M. Horn, Senior Vice President and Director of Research for the IBM Corporation. The award was presented at a ceremony in conjunction with the IRI 2005 Annual Meeting on May 17.

Established in 1946, the IRI Medal is presented by the IRI to recognize leaders of technology for their outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation that contribute broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society. Dr. Horn was honored for his leadership in managing IBM’s global research organization to produce outstanding research and advanced technology; for effectively charging his team with urgency in moving research-developed technology seamlessly into IBM products and services; for bringing the expertise of IBM Research to bear on real-time solutions for IBM’s clients; and for creating a culture of innovation that produces patent leadership and commercial differentation. He is the 60th recipient of the IRI Medal.

As Senior Vice President and Director of Research for the IBM Corporation, Dr. Horn directs IBM’s worldwide Research program in eight sites, in five countries around the world, and helps guide its overall technical strategy.  Trained as a solid state physicist, he has held key management positions in science, semiconductors, and storage, successfully applying these disciplines to solving real-world technology problems. In his 25 years with IBM, he has been a champion for translating technology-based research into marketplace opportunities.  Dr. Horn’s top priority as head of the Research Division is to stimulate innovation in key areas of e-business and quickly bring those innovations into the marketplace to sustain and grow IBM’s existing business, and to create the new businesses of IBM’s future. Prior to his present appointment, Dr. Horn was Vice President and Lab Director of the Research Division at the Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, which is responsible for creating novel data-centric and pervasive computing solutions for businesses.

Born in New York, Dr. Horn graduated from Clarkson College of Technology and received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Rochester in 1973.  Prior to joining IBM in 1979, he was a professor of physics in the James Franck Institute, Physics Department and at the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow from 1974-1978.  A former Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, he has published over 85 scientific and technical papers.

Dr. Horn has received numerous awards including the 1988 Bertram Eugene Warren award from the American Crystallographic Association, the 2000 Distinguished Leadership award from the New York Hall of Science, the 2002 Hutchison Medal from the University of Rochester, and the 2002 Pake Prize from the American Physical Society.  In 2002 he was also named as one of America’s top technical leaders by Scientific American Magazine.  He is a member of numerous professional committees including the Clarkson University Board of Trustees, the Gallaudet University Advisory Board, and is a trustee of the New York Hall of Science and the Committee for Economic Development.

About The Industrial Research Institute

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