Fred Brooks

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Fred Brooks
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Born Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr.
(1931-04-19) April 19, 1931 (age 87)
Durham, North Carolina
Alma mater Duke University (undergraduate)
Harvard University (postgraduate)
Known for OS/360
The Mythical Man-Month
Awards
Scientific career
Fields Computer Science
Operating systems
Software engineering
Institutions IBM[1]
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Duke University
Harvard University
Thesis The Analytic Design of Automatic Data Processing Systems (1956)
Doctoral advisor Howard Aiken
Doctoral students
Website www.cs.unc.edu/~brooks

Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr. (born April 19, 1931) is an American computer architect, software engineer, and computer scientist.

He is best known for managing the development of IBM's System/360 family of computers alongside Gerrit Blaauw and Gene Amdahl and the OS/360 software support package, then later writing candidly about the process in his seminal book The Mythical Man-Month. Brooks has received many awards, including the National Medal of Technology in 1985 and the Turing Award in 1999.[4]

Brooks was born in Durham, North Carolina. He studied Duke University, graduating in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and he received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University in 1956, supervised by Howard Aiken.

References[change | change source]

  1. Brooks, F. P. (1960). "The execute operations---a fourth mode of instruction sequencing". Communications of the ACM 3 (3): 168. doi:10.1145/367149.367168. 
  2. "Doctoral Dissertations — Department of Computer Science". Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. "Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. - PhD Students" (PDF). Computer Science Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. Shustek, Len (2015). "An interview with Fred Brooks". Communications of the ACM 58 (11): 36–40. doi:10.1145/2822519. ISSN 00010782. 

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