John Brandon Lowe

Cell: +1-415-309-5841

I am a linguist, lexicographer, librarian, search engine wizard, and museum informatics engineer.

Photo of JB I am a membre associé at the Centre d’Etudes Himalayennes, CNRS, Paris and the Tech Lead for Discovery for five museums at UC Berkeley (the Berkeley Art Museum, the Pacific Film Archive, the University and Jepson Herbaria, and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology), responsible for public-facing web applications and assisting with data curation and development.

Prior to taking up museum work, I worked in search engine startups (Ask Jeeves!, now acquired by IAC, and Powerset, acquired by Microsoft and incorporated into Bing) and before that was an academic researcher and lecturer in the fields of computational linguistics and historical linguistics. I spent 27 years writing an etymological dictionary of Sino-Tibetan languages. In the 80's I was one of the principal engineers of the University of California MELVYL, the first public access online library catalog. I have also built a number of houses, treehouses, and domes.

I grew up in Asia (Philippines, Thailand, eventually graduating from high school in India), earned a B.A. from Yale College in 1977, an M.L.I.S (library and information science) from the University of California Berkeley in 1987, and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California Berkeley in 1995.


The Reconstruction Engine

, a computer program implementing the comparative method. with Martine Mazaudon and others. [Version français]

Projet archivage de données linguistique

; with Boyd Michailovsky and others; now Collection Pangloss.

Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus Project (STEDT)

, with Jim Matisoff and others.

Comparative Bantu Online Dictionary Project (CBOLD)

with Larry Hyman and others.

Turkish Electronic Living Lexicon (TELL)

with Sharon Inkelas and others.


, a frame semantic lexicon of English. At the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), with Charles Fillmore, Dan Jurafsky, and others.

Résumés and CV's

Complete academic curriculum vitae


Industry Résumé


Shorter industry Résumé

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Aviation CV


Martial Arts CV