Mr. John Stanley Ford

Mr. John Stanley Ford was the first Black software engineer in the country.

Degree(s): Accounting, MBA

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Undergraduate Institution:  City College of New York

Graduate Institution:  New York University

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Photo Credit: LA Times

Mr. John Stanley Ford was the first Black software engineer in the country. Hired by IBM, Mr. Ford’s 37-year career included work on technology such as the IBM 407, an electronic accounting machine that was the predecessor of the company’s first commercial business computer.

Fun Fact: Mr. Ford’s experience at IBM was chronicled by his son Clyde in his book, Think Black, which discussed the racism he encountered as the first Black software engineer.

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