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Emanuel R. Piore

Born: Jul 19, 1908

Death: May 9, 2000

Birthplace: Vilnius

Nationality: United States

Emanuel R. Piore

Date of Birth : Jul 19, 1908
Date of Death : May 9, 2000
Birth Place : Vilnius

Emanuel Ruben Piore was a scientist and a manager of industrial research. Piore was born on 19 July 1908 in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 1917, his family moved to the United States, and in 1924, Emanuel Piore became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Piore obtained an undergraduate and a Ph.D. degree in physics, both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He worked at the Radio Corporation of America, the US Navy and, subsequently, the Avco Manufacturing Corporation, before being hired as the first Director of Research of IBM. Under his direction, the architect Eero Saarinen designed and build the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights, New York. As Director of Research at IBM he encouraged basic research and the building up of a patent portfolio. He also established the IBM Fellow program, which allowed top researchers to pursue their own interests for a period of time. He was promoted to vice president and group executive, and Chief Scientist and served IBM as a member of the board of directors and of the advisory committee to the board.

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