John Markoff

John Markoff

Historian, Computer History Museum

John Markoff joined the Computer History Museum (CHM) as its historian in January 2017. He is a part of CHM’s extensive interpretive team, including curators, educators, exhibit designers, and media producers. Prior to joining CHM, Markoff was the business and technology reporter of The New York Times since March of 1988. Prior to his near 30-year tenure at The Times, Markoff was a reporter for San Francisco’s Pacific News Service from 1977 to 1981 and wrote a column on personal computing for The San Jose Mercury News from 1983 to 1985. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize multiple times before winning in 2013 for reporting on the impact of technology on labor and automation. Markoff has written two books that offer a unique perspective on computer history, including What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry in 2005 and Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground between Humans and Robots in 2015.