John Seely Brown (JSB) was the Independent Co-chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge. Prior to that he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 and the Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000.
JSB is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He serves on numerous private and public boards of directors, including Amazon, and has been a trustee for nonprofits including the MacArthur Foundation and In-Q-Tel. He coauthored (with Paul Duguid) The Social Life of Information (Harvard Business Review Press, 2000) and (with John Hagel) The Only Sustainable Edge (Harvard Business Review Press, 2005) and The Power of Pull (Basic Books, 2012) and The New Culture of Learning (CreateSpace, 2011) coauthored with Doug Thomas at USC. His most recent book - Design Unbound, (MIT Press) is coauthored with Ann Pendleton-Jullian from Ohio State University and RAND.
JSB received a BA in mathematics and physics from Brown University in 1962 and a PhD in computer and communication sciences from the University of Michigan in 1970. His 11 honorary degrees include: May 2000, Brown University, ScD; July 2001, London Business School, Honorary ScD in Economics; May 2004, Claremont Graduate University, Honorary DHL; May 2005, University of Michigan, Honorary ScD; May 2009, North Carolina State University, Honorary ScD; May 2011, Illinois Institute of Technology, Honorary Doctor of Design; July 2013, Singapore Management University, ScD(CSIS); May 2014, ScD, Bates College, May 2015, Arizona State University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; June 2018, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Honorary Doctor of Public Policy; May 2019, Rochester Institute of Technology, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.