Mark Dean is a computer scientist and an engineer; he contributed to the development of the color PC monitor and the first gigahertz chip. He also invented the Industry Standard Architecture system that allows computer plug-ins such as disk drives and printers. Dean is recognized for helping with the launch of the personal computer age with work that made the machines more accessible and powerful.
Early Life and Education
Mark Dean was born on March 2, 1957, in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Every since Dean was a very young child, he developed a love for building things. As a young boy Dean constructed a tractor from scratch, although with the help of his father, a supervisor at the Tennessee Valley Authority. Nothing was too hard for Dean. He stood out as a gifted athlete and an incredibly smart student, graduating with straight A’s from Jefferson High School, many students underestimated Dean’s capabilities as an African American. Students would question his race due to his astounding intelligence; people did not believe that an African American could be so smart. His success continued in college as he graduated at the top of his class with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1979.
Dean earned a job at IBM (International Business Machines), a company he became associated with during his career after college. As an engineer with his colleague Dennis Moeller, Dean developed the new Industrial Standard Architecture (ISA) systems bus. This new system allowed peripheral devices like disk drives, printers and monitors to be plugged directly into computers. The outcome of this system was more helpful and had better assimilation. Dean’s accomplishments continued. His research at IBM helped change the convenience and control of the personal computer, which led to the development of the color PC monitor in 1999. Another innovation of Dean’s is the first gigahertz chip