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Jerrier A. Haddad

Jerrier A. Haddad was a Lebanese American pioneer computer engineer who was responsible for co-developing the IBM 701 series, IBM’s first commercial scientific computer, as well as its first mass-produced mainframe computer. 

He was born on July 17, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, and was of Syrian and Lebanese descent. Jerrier had 18 patents for inventions to his name in the computer and electronics fields. He also co-developed the IBM 604. In addition, Haddad was the vice president of technical personnel development when he retired from IBM in 1981. 

Before his rise to fame, Jerrier received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He also studied in the Advanced Businesses Management Program at Harvard University. 

Throughout his career, Jerrier received an Order of the Cedars Medal in Lebanon, an Honorary Doctorate of Sciences from Union College, and an Honorary Doctorate of Sciences from Clarkson College. Jerrier was also a fellow of IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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