Degree(s): Accounting, MBA
Undergraduate Institution: City College of New York
Graduate Institution: New York University
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.