Irving Wladawsky-Berger’s Career In Innovation

Video Episode 2: Armed with a Ph.D. in physics, Wladawsky-Berger innovates for IBM.


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Gifted not only in his ability to understand complex technical issues, but also in his aptitude to apply, explain and market those concepts, Irving Wladawsky-Berger has made a career out of doing so, first at IBM and then beyond the Armonk, N.Y.-based corporation

After receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago, Irving Waldawsky-Berger began working for IBM at the internally recognized Watson Research Center. He remained there for 15 years before he took a position in the company’s Development organization.

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In that Development role he helped transition IBM mainframes to micro-processors and worked with the research and scientific community to help Big Blue become a world leader in supercomputing.  When the Internet emerged as a business tool in the early 1990s, Irving created strategies that are still being used today. He was also instrumental in IBM’s embracing of Linux and open-source communities. Irving is proud of his contributions to IBM and also his post-IBM career.



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Irving Waldawsky-Berger
Irving Waldawsky-Berger
Irving Waldawsky-Berger, born in Cuba, retired from IBM on May 31, 2007 after 37 years with the company. Since then, I have collaborated with colleagues at IBM on a number of initiatives including Cloud Computing and Smarter Planet. In March of 2008 I joined Citigroup as Strategic Advisor, working on innovation and technology initiatives including the transition to mobile digital money and payments. In April of 2012 I became a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal. Emigrated from Cuba and entered high school, followed by the University of Chicago graduating with a PhD in physics.

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