Grady Booch

Chief Scientist for Software Engineering, IBM Research

Grady is world-renowned computer scientist who is recognized internationally for his innovative work in software engineering. He is currently developing a major transmedia project for public broadcast, Computing: The Human Experience. Grady served as Chief Scientist of Rational Software Corporation since its founding in 1981 and through its acquisition by IBM in 2003. He now is part of IBM Research serving as Chief Scientist for Software Engineering as well as leading IBM’s research in embodied cognition. Grady continues to engage with customers working on real problems and maintains deep relationships with academia and other research organizations around the world. Grady is one of the original authors of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and was also one of the original developers of several of Rational's products. Grady has served as architect and architectural mentor for numerous complex software-intensive systems around the world in just about every domain imaginable.

Grady is the author of six best-selling books, including the UML Users Guide and the seminal Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications. He writes a regular column on computing and the human experience for IEEE Software. Grady has published several hundred articles on software engineering, including papers published in the early 1980s that originated the term and practice of object-oriented design (OOD), plus papers published in the early 2000's that originated the term and practice of collaborative development environments (CDE).

Grady is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, a World Technology Network Fellow, a Software Development Forum Visionary, an IEEE Computer Pioneer, and a recipient of Dr. Dobb's Excellence in Programming award plus three Jolt Awards. He has given the Turing Lecture and was awarded the Lovelace Medal by the British Computer Society. Grady was a founding board member of the Agile Alliance, the Hillside Group, and the Worldwide Institute of Software Architects, and now also serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Software Architects. He is also a member of the IEEE Software editorial board. Additionally, Grady serves on the board of the Computer History Museum where he helped establish work for the preservation of classic software and therein has conducted several oral histories for luminaries such as John Backus, Fred Brooks, and Linus Torvalds, and previously served on the board of the Iliff School of Theology.

Grady received his bachelor of science from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977 and his master of science in electrical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1979.


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