Assaf Natanzon, Dell EMC’s vice president of advanced technology and investment evaluation for Europe, Middle East and Africa, earned a place on Wikipedia’s 2017 list of most prolific inventors ever. He has received 202 registered patents for his work at Dell EMC since 2007.

Natanzon is the first Israeli to make the list, which also includes such luminaries as Thomas Alva Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

Photo of Assaf Natanzon by Galit Govezensky, courtesy of BGU

Now studying for his PhD under Prof. Eitan Bachmat in the department of computer science at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Natanzon also has 200 pending patents.

“My next goal is to reach 500 and then 1,000 patents,” said Natanzon, who goes out to celebrate with his wife after every 50 patents. “Most of my patents are in the area of data protection and disaster recovery, which is also the subject of my PhD thesis which I recently submitted.”

“Assaf is brilliant and perfectly combines strong theoretical and analytical skills with practical implementation-oriented know-how,” said Bachmat.

“We plan to continue doing research together and I hope he will continue his involvement with BGU in the future as an adjunct professor.”

Natanzon, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Tel Aviv University summa cum laude, is recognized as a Distinguished Engineer at Dell EMC.

Orna Berry, vice president of Dell EMC and general manager of its Israel Center of Excellence, said “Assaf is a modest person with tremendous depth and breadth. He leads through cross pollination, innovation and integration of expertise, enhancing both current and future technologies that sharpen the competitive edge of the Dell Technologies global enterprise.”