John Seeley Brown, Ph.D.
Former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and co-author of the highly acclaimed book, The Social Life of Information.
“JSB” is the former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and co-author of the highly acclaimed book, The Social Life of Information. From 1988 through 2000, he was Director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). While head of PARC, he expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, sociological studies of the workplace, digital culture, and nanotechnology.
Dr. Brown is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a trustee of Brown University, the MacArthur Foundation, and In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit venture capital fund that helps the U.S. intelligence community develop new technologies.
JSB has won many awards, including the Industrial Research Institute Medal in 1998, the Software Development Forum’s Visionary Award in 2002, and induction into the Technology Industry Hall of Fame in 2004. He serves on the Board of Directors of Polycom, Corning, and Varian Medical Systems. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan.