John Abele

Retired Founding Chairman,

Boston Scientific Corporation

John is the retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation and an early pioneer in the then (1970s) counter-intuitive concept of “less invasive surgery”. He holds numerous patents  and has published and lectured extensively on the many different disruptive technologies of various medical devices and on the technical, educational, social, economic, and political factors influencing their acceptance into global clinical practice. His major interests include science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society.

He is a Fellow in both the Society of Interventional Radiology and the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering, and has received honorary Doctoral degrees from York University, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Amherst College, as well as many other awards, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Gold Medal Award. He is Founding Chairman of the Argosy Foundation.

From 2002 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the FIRST Foundation (, which runs a range of robotics competitions from grade to high school, for kids to make being science-literate cool and fun. He continues to serve as Vice-Chairman.

John is the owner and developer of the Kingbridge Centre and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become “collectively intelligent.”

He lives in Shelburne, Vermont with his wife Mary.