Fred Brooks

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Fred Brooks
Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr.

(1931-04-19)April 19, 1931
Durham, North Carolina
DiedNovember 17, 2022(2022-11-17) (aged 91)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Alma materDuke University (undergraduate)
Harvard University (postgraduate)
Known forOS/360
The Mythical Man-Month
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
Operating systems
Software engineering
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Duke University
Harvard University
ThesisThe Analytic Design of Automatic Data Processing Systems (1956)
Doctoral advisorHoward Aiken
Doctoral students
  • Luv Kohli
    Jeremy Wendt
    Jason Jerald
    Eric Burns
    Sharif Razzaque
    Paul M. Zimmons
    Alexandra Bokinsky
    Ben Lok
    Brent Insko
    Michael Meehan
    Kevin Arthur
    Rui Bastos
    David Luebke
    Mark R. Mine
    Richard L. Holloway
    Jeffrey P. Hultquist
    Elton P. Amburn
    Russell M. Taylor II
    Amitabh Varshney
    Lawrence D. Bergman
    James Che-Ming Chung
    Penny L. Rheingans
    Mark C. Surles
    John M. Airey
    Ming Ouh-young
    Russell Tuck
    Mark C. Davis
    Andrew S. Glassner
    Thomas V. Williams
    James S. Lipscomb
    F. Donelson Smith
    Thomas H. Dunigan, Jr.
    Edward G. Britton
    Paul J. Kilpatrick
    Cheryl C. Sneeringer
    James W. Sneeringer IV
    Craig J. Mudge
    William V. Wright
    Jan S. Prokop
    Alfred Paul Oliver
    William Y. Stevens

Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr. (April 19, 1931 – November 17, 2022) was 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): 168–170. doi:10.1145/367149.367168. S2CID 37725430.
  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 0001-0782. S2CID 44303152.

Other websites[change | change source]

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