Blonder (in 1998)
is Entrepreneur in Residence at AT&T Ventures. Mr. Blonder joined
AT&T in 1982, studying superconductivity and the quantum phenomena
of semiconductor materials. Much of this research has resulted in practical
applications and he holds over 50 patents in the areas of optical
disk recording, integrated fiber optic devices, displays, computer systems
and improved user interfaces.
1987 he was promoted to head of the Photonics and Electronics Research
Department, and then in 1991 to director of the Materials and Technology
Integration Research Laboratory. In 1992 he assumed the additional
responsibility of Chief Technical Advisor for Corporate Strategy
and Development, where he was involved in selecting technical
and business strategies for AT&T. In 1995, recognizing the need
to focus Bell Labs research activities closer to consumer markets,
he started the Customer Expectations Research Lab. This lab tries
to understand human behavior through a variety of statistical and
cognitive techniques- and then relate those needs to future products
and services. His personal research was divided between discovering
compelling new services and inventing new classes of consumer electronics
devices (such as the AT&T Wrist Telephone). In January 1998
he decided to leave AT&T Labs, and follow some of these ideas
through to the marketplace by joining AT&T Ventures.
Blonder attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) where
his undergraduate thesis was on phase transitions in liquid crystals.
He received his MS and Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 1982.