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John J. Donovan

John Joseph Donovan
John J. Donovan
Born February 12, 1942
Lynn, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Tufts University
Yale University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Entrepreneur, Professor at MIT (Retired)
Known for Entrepreneurship, Information technology, Philanthropy
Net worth $100 million USD (2005)
Spouse(s) Linda Donovan
Website Professor John J. Donovan

John J. Donovan (born 1942) is a retired professor of electrical engineering and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,[1] was a professor of pediatrics[2] at Tufts University, and is an executive training guru. In September 2010, Donovan announced that he has formed a partnership with The Andrews Institute and Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Florida. In his press release, Donovan says Harvard Medical School Professor and Economist Thomas McGuire will undertake research regarding the medical work at the Andrews Institute.[3] He is researching medical fraud.[4] He is a member of Hamilton Thorne's Scientific Advisory Board.[5] Since his MIT retirement, he has become a successful entrepreneur, founding many technology companies and amassing an estimated fortune of $100 million. He has co-founded seven public companies, including Cambridge Technology Partners and Open Environment Corporation. He developed innovative solutions for some 200 institutions, including Oracle,[6] Boeing, American Airlines, Aegon, BP, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung and SAP.[7]


  • Education 1
  • Academic career 2
  • Public service 3
  • Business career 4
  • Philanthropy 5
  • Bibliography 6
  • Awards 7
  • Personal life 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Donovan attended Lynn English High School. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering from Tufts University. He holds two master's degrees - one in engineering and one in science, and a PhD - from Yale University.[8] He was a Ford Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[8][9]

Academic career

While at MIT, Donovan received the David A. Schultz Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1969 and the Student Teaching Award for years 1970-72.[10] In 1977, he became one of the youngest tenured professors at MIT.[11] In 1998, Donovan retired from MIT following 31 years as a professor at the institution.[12]

He authored multiple computer science textbooks, including Systems Programming and Operating Systems, and his research focused on early work in operating systems, databases, and later applications of IT to business.[13][14] He also wrote business textbooks such as Business Re-engineering with Information Technology and Business & Technology: A Paradigm Shift.[15][16] Donovan and his son John Jr. co-authored The Second Industrial Revolution.[17][18]

Donovan also served as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. He received two awards for his work at the Center for Birth Defects.[19][20] Donovan later lectured on Strategic Computing in Government while at Harvard University.[21]

Public service

administration on the impact of the internet and applications for a program sponsored by DARPA.

Donovan worked with Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Richard Myers to develop the Joint Protection Enterprise Network (JPEN), a system developed in response to the September 11 attacks.[22][23]

Donovan also worked with Tip O'Neill and Ted Kennedy on birth defect legislation, which was, based on Donovan's work at Tufts University School of Medicine Birth Defects Center.[24][25][26][27]

John J. Donovan and Tip O'Neill working on birth defects legislature.
John J. Donovan and Ted Kennedy.

Business career

Donovan started his business career by providing technical training for AT&T computer business personnel.[28][29] Later courses shifted towards sales and strategy training to executives.[6] This led to Donovan devising a method of helping companies meet their customers' needs through workshops. Key sponsors and partners of those workshops were British Telecom, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation and SAP.

These workshops were the origin of many companies, including: Cambridge Technology Group,Business@Web(which later was renamed One Wave), Open Environment Corporation, Cambridge Technology Partners,Cambridge Executive Enterprises, Cambridge Technology Enterprises, C-Bridge and CellExchange.[30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41]

One of the companies Donovan co-founded, Knoware, despite winning several awards, ran out of venture money and had to file for bankruptcy.[33][42][43] He sold Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP) for $20 million, and CTP's market capitalization soon jumped to $1.3 billion.[33] He sold his share in Mitrol for "very little.”[33] Mitrol was subsequently sold to GE for $10 million.[33]

In 2010, Donovan began working with The Andrews Institute and Baptist Health Care of Pensacola as part of his technology company Cloud Industries.[44] Donovan announced the partnership with James Andrews of the Andrews Institute and Al Stubblefield, CEO of Baptist Health Care Pensacola.[45]


Donovan has done a lot of charity work personally and through his companies.[46] Along with his son John Jr., Donovan established the John J. Donovan Family Scholarship at Yale University.[47] He also established a scholarship at Boston University in his father’s name with Jay-Yong Lee.[48] In 2004, Donovan and his family donated the use of athletic fields to the town of Hamilton, Massachusetts for use in the town’s youth sports programs.[50] Donovan has major contributions to Education Outbound, a public charity founded by his son John.[49][50]

Through his charitable organization Children’s Potential Unlimited, he donated computers to Connery Elementary School in Lynn, Massachusetts.[51]

During his tenure at MIT, Donovan also lectured at the Lowell Institute, an educational foundation that gives public and advanced lectures for free.[52]


  • The second industrial revolution : reinventing your business on the web[53]
  • Business re-engineering with information technology : sustaining your business advantage : an implementation guide[54]
  • Business and technology : a paradigm shift : strategic weapons and tactics for executives : handbook for implementing strategic advantage through technology[55]
  • Crisis in technology : the solution, strategic weapons and tactics for executives : handbook for implementing strategic advantage through technology[56]
  • Software projects : pedagogical aids for software education and research[57]
  • Operating Systems[58]
  • Instructor’s manual to accompany Operating Systems[59]
  • Systems Programming[60]
  • Instructor’s manual to accompany Systems Programming[61]


In 1982, Donovan was honored by Congressman Harold Ford for contributions to the field of information technology.[62] Donovan was appointed Kentucky Colonel and New Mexico Colonel, Aide-de-Camp for his information technology and charity work.[63][64] Donovan was honored by Senator John Glenn for contributions to birth defects information systems and advancing the development of technology.[65] Donovan holds Honorary Doctorate of Economics from University of Economics, Prague, first doctorate in economics since the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.[66][67]

Personal life

Donovan was born in Lynn, Massachusetts to John J. Sr. and Madeline Donovan. John J. Sr. was an elementary school teacher and part-time police officer. Madeline was a social worker.

In August 2007, John J. Donovan was fined $625 for filing a false police report following an incident where Donovan shot himself twice in the stomach in the parking lot of his office.[68][69][70]

Donovan is married to Linda Donovan. He has five children. He works closely with his youngest son, John Donovan, Jr.

In 2009, Donovan was recognized by the Essex County Trail Association for his land conservation work.[71][72][73][74] Donovan has also done land conservation work in Vermont.[4]


  1. ^ "Certificate". Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Professor of Pediatrics Appointment Letter - Tufts
  3. ^ Business Wire Press Release Sept. 3, 2010 "Groundbreaking Harvard and Cloud Industries Ealth Workshop Proves "Game Changer" for Andrews Institute and Baptist Health Care.
  4. ^ a b Community Recognizes Pomfret CoupleVermont Standard, Volume 156 - Number 36,September 11, 2009.
  5. ^ Hamilton Thorne Scientific Advisory Board
  6. ^ a b Donovan Executive Seminar Oracle
  7. ^ SAP America President to Run New Company New York Times,February 1, 1996.
  8. ^ a b Donovan Resume
  9. ^ Virtual Machine Communication for the Implementation of Decision Support SystemIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering,Vol. SE-3, No. 5, September 1977
  10. ^ John J. Donovan David A. Schultz Award Certificate
  11. ^ John J. Donovan Tenure Letter
  12. ^ "Certificate". Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Systems programmingLibrary of Congress Online Catalogue
  14. ^ Operating SystemsLibrary of Congress Online Catalogue
  15. ^ Library of Congress On-line Catalogue
  16. ^ Donovan Executive Seminar - About the Speaker
  17. ^ Second Industrial Revolution,Library of Congress Online Catalogue
  18. ^ Second Industrial RevolutionCover and Acknowledgments.
  19. ^ John J. Donovan Recognition Letter From Tufts Medical School 1974
  20. ^ John J. Donovan Recognition Letter From Tufts Medical School 1979
  21. ^ The Oralce e-business Executive Seminar Series Brochure,
  22. ^ Donovan talking about JPEN FOX 25 Morning News.
  23. ^ General Myers talking about JPEN on YouTube C-SPAN 2.
  24. ^ Computers to help in birth defect fightAssociated Press,June 14, 1978.
  25. ^ Birth defects information service begins operations at T-NEMCAssociated Press
  26. ^ A project to enlist computers in battle against birth defectsSan Francisco Examiner,June 14, 1978
  27. ^ New Birth Defect Computer System DemonstratedTech Talk,June 14, 1978
  28. ^ AT&T - Cambridge Institute Information Systems Brochure
  29. ^ Cambridge Institute for Information Systems - Staff Members - 1986
  30. ^ Listening is important, but leading is the main job The Boston Globe, January 11, 2004.
  31. ^ Sound Bytes: Three Careers and Counting New York Times, August 21, 1994.
  32. ^ [2]
  33. ^ a b c d e Still battling the bullies As John Donovan rolls out companies, he leaves behind both admirers and enemies The Boston Globe, June 30, 1996.
  34. ^ Primix Assignment And Assumption Agreement TechAgreements, March 15, 1996.
  35. ^ Tidal Wave Hits OneWaveAMR Research,June 16, 1997
  36. ^ Open Environment Corporation SEC Filing 10-K405/A, October 11, 1996.
  37. ^ For start-up, connections pay The Boston Globe, August 7, 2003.
  38. ^ Fishing for Patterns at C-bridge by Larry Lapide,AMR Research, May 22, 2000
  39. ^ Education, Expertise, and Execution Define C-Bridge by Kate Murphy and Kevin O'Marah,AMR Research,November 14, 2000
  40. ^ AMENDMENT NO. 3 To FORM S-1, C-bridge Internet Solutions, Inc. SEC Archives.
  41. ^ CellExchange is a company to watch
  42. ^ Best Product of the MonthPersonal Software magazine, March 1984.
  43. ^ Knoware ReturnsInfoWorld,August 5, 1985.
  44. ^ Gulf Breeze News 2010-09-09
  45. ^ Gulf Breeze article
  46. ^ Gratitude letter by Department of Social Services Commissioner Jeffrey Locke
  47. ^ Donovan Family ScholarshipYale University
  48. ^ John J. Donovan Sr. ScholarshipBoston University
  49. ^ Education Outbound Contributors
  50. ^ 100 Little RemindersSalem News,2001.
  51. ^ Brochure Children's Potential Unlimited
  52. ^ Lowell Institute General Bulletin 1968-1969
  53. ^ "The second industrial revolution : reinventing your business on the web". World Cat. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  54. ^ "Business re-engineering with information technology : sustaining your business advantage : an implementation guide". World Cat. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  55. ^ "Business and technology : a paradigm shift : strategic weapons and tactics for executives : handbook for implementing strategic advantage through technology". World Cat. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  56. ^ "Crisis in technology : the solution, strategic weapons and tactics for executives : handbook for implementing strategic advantage through technology". World Cat. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  57. ^ "Software projects : pedagogical aids for software education and research". World Cat. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  58. ^ "Operating systems". World Cat. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  59. ^ "Instructor's manual to accompany Operating Systems". World Cat. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  60. ^ "Systems programming". World Cat. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  61. ^ "Instructor's manual to accompany Systems programming". World Cat. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  62. ^ Proclamation by Congressman Harold Ford
  63. ^ Kentucky Colonel Appointment Letter
  64. ^ Donovan Colonel Award Certificate
  65. ^ Award Letter From John Glenn
  66. ^ Seznam čestných doktorátů udělených VŠE v Praze v letech 1991 - 2008
  67. ^ Prague University Honorary Degree
  68. ^ MIT Entrepreneur Survives Execution-Style Shooting, InformationWeek, December 19, 2005
  69. ^ Millionaire Indicted for Making False Shooting Claim, Associated Press, May 4, 2006
  70. ^ Salem News November 6, 2010 article by Julie Manganis
  71. ^ John and Linda Donovan honored at Myopia Horse ShowHamilton-Wenham Chronicle, September 24, 2009.
  72. ^ Local News Salem News, September 7, 2009.
  73. ^ Donovan/Sagamore Hill temporarily closedEssex County Trail Association
  74. ^ Run for the Trails Muddy FunEssex County Trail Association,November 7, 2009

External links

  • Resume and brief biography on his website.
  • MIT website
  • Profile on list of Bermuda's rich residents.
  • Hamilton Thorne's Scientific Advisory Board
  • Donovan's profile on Oracle's website
  • Donovan's workshop for Grand River Hospital on YouTube
  • General Myers on JPEN on YouTube
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