John Cohn

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John Cohn
Born (1959-02-09) February 9, 1959 (age 61)
OccupationIBM Fellow and Computer Engineer
Spouse(s)Diane Mariano[1]
ChildrenMax, Sam (Died 2006), Gabe

John Maxwell Cohn (born February 9, 1959) is an American engineer. Cohn is best known as the engineer scientist in the Discovery Channel TV show, The Colony.[2] He is an IBM Fellow in at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Laboratory. Previous to that John was Chief Scientist of the Internet of Things division.[3] He holds an undergraduate electrical engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Cohn has authored over 40 papers and has more than 120 worldwide patents.[3][4]

Cohn's presentation concerning electricity, entitled Jolts and Volts, has been performed for more than 50,000 students world wide, including performances at Walt Disney World, and the New York Hall of Science.[5][6]

In October 2013 Cohn was a presenter at a TEDx conference. TEDxDelft 2013 was themed "Do try this at home" and Cohn's talk was titled "The importance of play".[7][8]


  1. ^ "The Colony: John Cohn's Top Tens List" Archived 2012-01-30 at the Wayback Machine, which references his wife by name.
  2. ^ James, Megan. "Engineering Evangelist". Seven Days. Da Capo Publishing. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Brief Bio". Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ "John Cohn IBM Fellow". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "John Cohn The Computer Engineer". Archived from the original on April 16, 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ "John Cohn: ECE Alumnus, IBM Fellow & Role Model". Electrical and Computer Engineering. August 13, 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ "TEDxDelft 2013". TEDxDelft 2013. TEDx. 4 October 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "The importance of play: John Cohn at TEDxDelft". Watch "The importance of play: John Cohn at TEDxDelft" Video at TEDxTalks. TEDx. December 19, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2014.

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