John Cohn

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John Cohn
Born (1959-02-09) February 9, 1959 (age 58)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Occupation IBM Fellow and Computer Engineer
Spouse(s) Diane Mariano[1]
Children Max, Sam (Died 2006), Gabe

John Maxwell Cohn (born February 9, 1959) is an IBM Fellow in the IBM Watson Internet of Things Division. His current focus is on physical infrastructure for IoT, open data, internet of things communications and real time data analytics. Before joining the IoT Division, C had been an innovator in the area of design automation for both analog and digital custom integrated circuits. John received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at MIT, and earned a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to the design automation for high performance custom circuits. Cohn has authored more than 30 technical papers and has contributed to four books on design automation. He has approximately 70 patents in the field of design automation, methodology, circuits, and smarter systems.

Cohn spent 59 days living and inventing in an abandoned steel mill as part of Discovery Channel's technical survival show "The Colony". John lives with his family in a restored 19th century schoolhouse in Jonesville, Vermont..[citation needed] 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".[2][3]


  1. ^ "The Colony: John Cohn's Top Tens List" Archived 2012-01-30 at the Wayback Machine., which references his wife by name.
  2. ^ "TEDxDelft 2013". TEDxDelft 2013. TEDx. 4 October 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "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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