From Big Blue to NYU

On the eve of his departure for academia, IBM Research's Paul Horn talks about Blue Gene, open-source technology, and the strategy behind sharing patents

With a roster of 3,400 scientists, IBM Research is one of the largest corporate research outfits in the U.S. Paul Horn, the man who has been running it since 1996, recently announced his retirement—ending a 28-year career at IBM (IBM). He will be replaced by John Kelly, another longtime IBMer. Horn, 60, is becoming a Distinguished Scientist in Residence at New York University. He was only the sixth lab director since IBM set up the organization in 1945.

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