Joel S. Birnbaum

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Joel S. Birnbaum
NationalityUnited States
Alma mater
AwardsIEEE Ernst Weber Engineering Leadership Recognition
Scientific career
ThesisStudies of Nuclear Transfer Reactions at High Energy (1966)
Doctoral advisorD. Allan Bromley

Joel S. Birnbaum is a technology executive who served as senior vice president of Hewlett-Packard.

Birnbaum earned a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Cornell University, and a doctorate in nuclear physics from Yale University in 1966.[1] He worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center from 1965 to 1980, eventually becoming director of computer sciences there. From 1980 until his retirement he worked for Hewlett-Packard, where he directed the Computer Research Center of HP Labs. In 1984 he was promoted to vice president at HP and director of HP Labs. He became a senior vice president in 1991.[2]

Birnbaum was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1989.[3] He won the IEEE Ernst Weber Engineering Leadership Recognition Award in 2000 "for leadership in integrating, extending and shaping industrial research and development in measurement, computing and communications".[4] In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[5] He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.[6]


  1. ^ Birnbaum, Joel Samuel (1966). Studies of Nuclear Transfer Reactions at High Energy (Ph.D.). Yale University. OCLC 702754526 – via ProQuest. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ Board member profile, SETI Institute, retrieved 2015-06-14.
  3. ^ Member profile, National Academy of Engineering, retrieved 2015-06-14.
  4. ^ IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award recipients, retrieved 2015-06-14.
  5. ^ ACM Fellows award citation, retrieved 2015-06-14.
  6. ^ Joel Birnbaum, Computer History Museum, retrieved 2015-06-14.