Santa Clara University

John Seely Brown
Location: Nobili Hall

John Seely Brown

Former Chief Scientist and Director, Xerox PARC

John Seely Brown was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 and was also the director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000, a position he held for twelve years. While head of PARC, Brown expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, micro electrical mechanical system (MEMS) and NANO technology. His personal research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, web service architectures and organizational and individual learning.

Dr. Brown is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and of AAAS, and a Trustee of Brown University and the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on numerous boards of directors (Corning, Polycom, Varian Medical Systems) and advisory boards. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and was awarded the Harvard Business Review's 1991 McKinsey Award for his article, "Research that Reinvents the Corporation" and again in 2002 for his article (with John Hagel) "Your Next IT strategy." In 1997 he published the book Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation (Harvard Business Review Books). He was an executive producer for the award-winning film "Art · Lunch · Internet · Dinner," which won a bronze medal at Worldfest 1994, the Charleston International Film Festival. He received the 1998 Industrial Research Institute Medal for outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation and the 1999 Holland Award in recognition of the best paper published in Research Technology Management in 1998. With Paul Duguid he co-authored the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information (HBS Press, 2000) that has been translated into 9 languages with a second addition in April 2002.