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1992 Hall of Fame Recipients

Mr. Reynold B. Johnson - 1992 Hall of Fame Recipient

Mr. Reynold B. Johnson

Reynold B. Johnson is currently President of Education Engineering Associates. He is a pioneer in the development of magnetic disk technology and computerized educational systems. He led the development and production of the first random access magnetic disk storage unit and the multiple head actuator.

He is the founding manager of the IBM Research Laboratory and the IBM Advanced Systems Development Division, San Jose and Los Gatos California Laboratories. His effort helped establish San Jose and the Silicon Valley region as the center of the disk drive industry of the world. He holds more than 90 patents in the areas of educational technologies, code translations, communications technology, and magnetic storage systems.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is an IBM Fellow. He has received the 1970 ASME Machine Design Award, the 1986 National Medal of Technology Award, the 1988 IEEE Computer Pioneer Award, and the 1989 Magnetics Society Award for Information Storage. Mr. Johnson received the Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education Administration from the University of Minnesota.


Dr. John G. Linvill - 1992 Hall of Fame Recipient

Dr. John G. Linvill

Dr. John G. Linvill is the Canon U.S.A. Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He has been a pioneer in establishing research and teaching in transistors and solid state devices at Stanford, and in attracting to Stanford many outstanding faculty members who had a significant impact on the development of Silicon Valley. He is a noted author in the fields of semiconductors, integrated circuits, and electroacoustics and holds eleven U.S. Patents.

Dr. Linvill led the development of the reading aid for the blind known as the Optacon, or Optical-to-Tactile Converter, an instrument that allows vision-impaired persons to read ordinary printed material. He helped transition the device to industry through participation in the founding of Telesensory Systems, Inc. (now TeleSensory Corporation). He has served on the boards of several local corporations and has been an active leader of technical committees for the National Research Council, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr. Linvill is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi. He is the recipient of the 1976 IEEE Education Medal, the 1979 John G. McAulay Award from the American Association of Workers for the Blind, and the 1983 AEA Medal of Achievement. Dr. Linvill received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from William Jewell College, and the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Ms. Mary G. Ross - 1992 Hall of Fame Recipient

Ms. Mary G. Ross

Mary G. Ross is a retired Senior Advanced Systems Staff Engineer from Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. She is a pioneer in the research, development and application of the theories and concepts of ballistics, orbital mechanics and astrophysics, and is the first woman engineer in the history of Lockheed. She made contributions in the conceptual design of ballistic missile Systems the Agena Rocket, manned and unmanned earth-orbiting flights and interplanetary space travel missions.

Ms. Ross is a Registered Professional Engineer of California in Mechanical Engineering. She received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Northeastern State University at Tahlequah, Oklahoma and the Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley.

Ms. Ross is a charter member of both the Los Angeles and Santa Clara Valley Sections of the Society of Women Engineers and has served as National Treasurer and on several national committees. She has participated in many career guidance and mentoring activities to encourage girls and American Indians to develop careers in science and mathematics.

Ms. Ross is a Life Member of both the Society of Women Engineers and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. She has received the 1961 Woman of Distinction Award from the San Francisco Examiner, the 1961 Woman of Achievement Award from the California State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, the 1985 Contributions to Engineering and Scientific Community Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Region VII), the 1985 Achievement Awards from both the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, and the 1990 Jessie Bernard Wise Women Award from the Center for Women Policy Studies.


Mr. Fred H. Tibbetts - 1992 Hall of Fame Recipient

Mr. Fred H. Tibbetts

Fred H. Tibbetts was the first Chief Engineer for the Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation District, the predecessor to the Santa Clara Valley Water District. In the early years of the twentieth century, he was a leader in the development and implementation of a master plan for local surface and groundwater development that still serves Santa Clara County’s growing population. His vision of a system of dams, reservoirs, canal and percolation facilities directly contributed to making available adequate water supplies and to the curtailment, in later years, of rapidly-advancing ground surface subsidence and saltwater intrusion.

Mr. Tibbetts was a practicing civil engineer who lived in Campbell, California and performed his engineering studies of Santa Clara Country water resources in the 1920s and 1930s. Water historians agree that Mr. Tibbetts’ contributions to the development of Santa Clara County place him among the true visionary engineering leaders of his time. His ingenious blueprint for water conservation dramatically influenced the development of the Valley and has provided opportunities for generations of people and industries that have made Santa Clara Valley their home.

In 1976, the American Society of Civil Engineers recognized as a historic landmark the system of dams and reservoirs constructed in Santa Clara County under Mr. Tibbetts’ guidance. The project was cited as “the first and only instance of a major water supply being developed in a single groundwater basin involving the control of numerous independent tributaries to effectuate almost optimal conservation of practically all the resources of water flowing into the basin.” Mr. Tibbetts’ contributions are recorded in the book “Water in the Santa Clara Valley: a History” published in 1981 by the California History Center of De Anza College.