John J. Donovan
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|John Joseph Donovan|
John J. Donovan
|Born||February 12, 1942
|Alma mater||Tufts University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, Professor at MIT (Retired)|
|Known for||Entrepreneurship, Information technology, Philanthropy|
|Net worth||$100 million USD (2005)|
|Professor John J. Donovan|
John J. Donovan (born 1942) is a retired professor of electrical engineering and management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a professor of pediatrics at Tufts University, and is an executive training guru. Donovan made headlines in 2007 when he was convicted of filing a false police report. Prosecutors produced evidence that Donovan staged an elaborate hoax—which included shooting himself in the stomach and then blaming the shooting on his eldest son. In August 2010, a judge denied Donovan's motion for a new trial. In September, Donovan announced that he has formed a partnership with The Andrews Institute and Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Florida. In his press release, Donovan says Harvard Medical School Professor and Economist Thomas McGuire will undertake research regarding the medical work at the Andrews Institute. He is researching medical fraud. He is a member of Hamilton Thorne's Scientific Advisory Board. Since his MIT retirement, he has become a successful entrepreneur, founding many technology companies and amassing an estimated fortune of $100 million. He has co-founded seven public companies, including Cambridge Technology Partners and Open Environment Corporation. He developed innovative solutions for some 200 institutions, including Oracle, Boeing, AA, Aegon, BP, IBM, HP, Samsung, SAP.
John J.Donovan was born in Lynn, MA, to John J. Sr. and Madeline Donovan. John J. Sr. was an elementary school teacher, and part-time police officer. Madeline was a social worker.
Donovan attended Lynn English High School. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering from Tufts University. He holds two masters degrees - one in engineering and one in science, and a PhD - all from Yale University. He was a Ford Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Donovan received his tenure at MIT in 1977, at the time being one of the youngest tenured professors. He received the Student Teaching Award three years in a row (1970–72), and David A. Schultz Award for Excellence in Teaching (1969). He was a professor at MIT for 31 years before retiring.
He authored seminal text books in computer science, including Systems Programming and Operating Systems, and his research focused on early work in operating systems, databases, and later applications of IT to business. He has also wrote popular business books such as Business Re-engineering with Information Technology and Business & Technology: A Paradigm Shift. Donovan and his son John Jr. co-authored The Second Industrial Revolution.
Donovan also served as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. He received two awards for his work at the Center for Birth Defects. Donovan lectured on Strategic Computing in Government while at Harvard University.
Donovan served on National Academy of Sciences Advisory Committee on Technology reporting to President Jimmy Carter. Donovan worked with President George H. W. Bush's administration on the impact of the internet and applications sponsored by DARPA.
Currently, Donovan is working with The Andrews Institute and Baptist health Care of Pensacola as part of his technology company Cloud Industries. Donovan announced the partnership with Dr James Andrews of the Andrews Institute and Al Stubblefield, CEO of Baptist Health Care Pensacola. Donovan started his business career by providing technical training for AT&T computer business personnel. Later courses shifted towards sales and strategy training to executives. This led to Donovan devising a method of helping companies meet their customers' needs through workshops. Key sponsors and partners of those workshops were British Telecom, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, SAP.
These workshops were the origin of many companies, including: Cambridge Technology Group, Business@Web(which later was renamed One Wave), Open Environment Corporation, Cambridge Technology Partners, Cambridge Executive Enterprises, Cambridge Technology Enterprises, C-Bridge and CellExchange.
Donovan also had his share of disappointments. One of the companies he co-founded, Knoware, despite winning several awards, ran out of venture money and had to file for bankruptcy. He sold Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP) for only $20 million, and CTP's market capitalization soon jumped to $1.3 billion. He sold his share in Mitrol for "very little", to see Mitrol soon after be sold to GE for $10 million.
Donovan has done a lot of charity work personally and through the companies that he established. He and his son John Jr. established scholarships at Yale University. Donovan and Jay-Yong Lee established a scholarship at Boston University in Donovan father's name. He and his son John J. Donovan Jr. have donated the use of athletic fields to the town of Hamilton, MA. Donovan made major contributions to Education Outbound, a public charity founded by his son John. In 2009 Donovan was recognized by the Essex County Trail Association for his land conservation work. Donovan has also done land conservation work in Vermont.
Donovan was honored by congressman Harold Ford for contributions to the field of information technology. Donovan was appointed Kentucky Colonel and New Mexico Colonel, Aide-de-Camp for IT and charity work. Donovan was honored by Senator John Glenn for contribution to birth defects information systems and advancing the development of technology. Donovan holds Honorary Doctorate of Economics from University of Economics, Prague, first doctorate in economics since the invasion of Czechoslovakia.
On August 17, 2007 John J. Donovan was convicted of staging an elaborate hoax which included shooting himself in the stomach—as part of a bizarre attempt to accuse his oldest son of being involved in a plot to kill him. Prosecutors say John Donovan's lied to them and the police. They called his actions a "corruption" of the criminal justice system. The judge called John Donovan "bizzare." Donovan was sentenced to two years' probation. Donovan was shot twice in the stomach in the parking lot of his office in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the night of December 16, 2005. After being released from the hospital he told police that he suspected that his son had arranged the shooting. In May 2006 he was indicted for filing a false police report about the incident, and in August 2007 he was convicted of the charge. After a long appeal, in August 2010 the trial judge denied Donovan's motion for a new trial saying there were no grounds to retry the case. His lawyers have announced they will take the case to appeals court.
Donovan is married to Linda Donovan. He has five children. He works closely with his youngest son, John Donovan, Jr.
- Certificate of Recognition
- Professor of Pediatrics Appointment Letter - Tufts
- The Boston Globe August 18, 2007 Article by John R. Ellement
- Salem News Nov, 6 2010
- Business Wire Press Release Sept. 3, 2010 "Groundbreaking Harvard and Cloud Industries Ealth Workshop Proves "Game Changer" for Andrews Institute and Baptist Health Care.
- Community Recognizes Pomfret CoupleVermont Standard, Volume 156 - Number 36,September 11, 2009.
- Hamilton Thorne Scientific Advisory Board
- Donovan Executive Seminar Oracle
- SAP America President to Run New Company New York Times,February 1, 1996.
- Donovan Resume
- Virtual Machine Communication for the Implementation of Decision Support SystemIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering,Vol. SE-3, No. 5, September 1977
- John J. Donovan Tenure Letter
- John J. Donovan David A. Schultz Award Certificate
- Systems programmingLibrary of Congress Online Catalogue
- Operating SystemsLibrary of Congress Online Catalogue
- Library of Congress On-line Catalogue
- Donovan Executive Seminar - About the Speaker
- Second Industrial Revolution,Library of Congress Online Catalogue
- Second Industrial RevolutionCover and Acknowledgments.
- John J. Donovan Recognition Letter From Tufts Medical School 1974
- John J. Donovan Recognition Letter From Tufts Medical School 1979
- The Oralce e-business Executive Seminar Series Brochure, www.oracle.com
- Donovan talking about JPEN FOX 25 Morning News.
- General Myers talking about JPEN C-SPAN 2.
- Computers to help in birth defect fightAssociated Press,June 14, 1978.
- Birth defects information service begins operations at T-NEMCAssociated Press
- A project to enlist computers in battle against birth defectsSan Francisco Examiner,June 14, 1978
- New Birth Defect Computer System DemonstratedTech Talk,June 14, 1978
- Gulf Breeze News 2010-09-09
- Gulf Breeze article
- AT&T - Cambridge Institute Information Systems Brochure
- Cambridge Institute for Information Systems - Staff Members - 1986
- Listening is important, but leading is the main job The Boston Globe, January 11, 2004.
- Sound Bytes: Three Careers and Counting New York Times, August 21, 1994.
- Still battling the bullies As John Donovan rolls out companies, he leaves behind both admirers and enemies The Boston Globe, June 30, 1996.
- Primix Assignment And Assumption Agreement TechAgreements, March 15, 1996.
- Tidal Wave Hits OneWaveAMR Research,June 16, 1997
- Open Environment Corporation SEC Filing 10-K405/A, October 11, 1996.
- For start-up, connections pay The Boston Globe, August 7, 2003.
- Fishing for Patterns at C-bridge by Larry Lapide,AMR Research, May 22, 2000
- Education, Expertise, and Execution Define C-Bridge by Kate Murphy and Kevin O'Marah,AMR Research,November 14, 2000
- AMENDMENT NO. 3 To FORM S-1, C-bridge Internet Solutions, Inc. SEC Archives.
- CellExchange is a company to watch
- Best Product of the MonthPersonal Software magazine, March 1984.
- Knoware ReturnsInfoWorld,August 5, 1985.
- Gratitude letter by Department of Social Services Commissioner Jeffrey Locke
- Donovan Family ScholarshipYale University
- John J. Donovan Sr. ScholarshipBoston University
- A Big Score: Hamilton Couple Build Diamond For the Town Salem News, April 24, 2004.
- Education Outbound Contributors
- 100 Little RemindersSalem News,2001.
- John and Linda Donovan honored at Myopia Horse ShowHamilton-Wenham Chronicle, September 24, 2009.
- Local News Salem News, September 7, 2009.
- Donovan/Sagamore Hill temporarily closedEssex County Trail Association
- Run for the Trails Muddy FunEssex County Trail Association,November 7, 2009
- Brochure Children's Potential Unlimited
- Lowell Institute General Bulletin 1968-1969
- Proclamation by Congressman Harold Ford
- Kentucky Colonel Appointment Letter
- Donovan Colonel Award Certificate
- Award Letter From John Glenn
- Seznam čestných doktorátů udělených VŠE v Praze v letech 1991 - 2008
- Prague University Honorary Degree
- Professor Donovan's Magnificent Entanglements
- MIT Entrepreneur Survives Execution-Style Shooting, InformationWeek, December 19, 2005
- The Boston Globe August 18, 2007
- Who is John Donovan?,Salem News
- Millionaire Indicted for Making False Shooting Claim, Associated Press, May 4, 2006
- The Boston Globe August 18, 2007 "Ex-professor found guilty of staging his own shooting"
- Salem News November 6, 2010 article by Julie Manganis
- Resume and brief biography on his website.
- MIT website
- Profile on list of Bermuda's rich residents.
- Hamilton Thorne's Scientific Advisory Board
- Donovan's profile on Oracle's website
- Donovan's workshop for Grand River Hospital
- General Myers on JPEN