Patrick Joseph McGovern
Patrick Joseph McGovern, Jr. (born August 11, 1937) is an American businessman, he is chairman and founder of International Data Group (IDG), a company that includes subsidiaries in technology publishing, research, event management and venture capital.
Forbes magazine claims he earned a scholarship by designing an unbeatable tic-tac-toe program (now a trivial programming task, but no mean feat in the 1950s). He worked at the MIT student newspaper The Tech on the features staff during his sophomore year. McGovern received a degree in course 7, or biology/life sciences, from MIT, in 1959.
For a time, he was an editor of Computers & Automation magazine; founded, published and edited by Edmund C. Berkeley. McGovern started International Data Corporation (IDC) with a friend, Fred Kirch, in 1964, which produced a computer industry data base and published a newsletter, EDP Industry & Market Report. McGovern started the weekly newspaper Computerworld in 1967.
McGovern and his second wife Lore Harp McGovern gave MIT $350 million to found the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He is a trustee of MIT. He also serves on Society for Science & the Public's board of trustees.
In May, 2012 McGovern had open heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
- Official Biography
- MIT announcement of the McGovern Institute
- McGovern Institute for Brain Research website
- Pat McGovern Playlist Appearance on WMBR's Dinnertime Sampler radio show November 3, 2004
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