Frederick P. Brooks

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Frederick P. Brooks (2007)

Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr. (born April 19, 1931 in Durham , North Carolina , USA ) is an American computer scientist . Brooks became known first as the person responsible for the development of the OS / 360 at IBM and later for the honest description of the development process in his book The Mythical Man-Month ( German  Vom Mythos des Mann -mont : Essays on Software Engineering ). This book also contains a much-cited statement known as Brooks' Law :

"Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later."

"The use of additional manpower for software projects that have already been delayed only delays them further."

- Frederick P. Brooks : The Mythical Man Month: Essays on Software Engineering, 25


Brooks studied at Duke University in his native city and received his PhD in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1956 under Howard Aiken as a PhD supervisor . He then found employment with IBM in Poughkeepsie and Yorktown , New York . He first worked on the architecture of the Stretch , a $ 10 million scientific supercomputer for the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory , then on the Harvest computer. He then led the development of the System / 360 family of computers and the OS / 360 operating system . The OS / 360 project ran from 1963 to 1966 with a scope of approximately 5000 person -years , which makes Brooks an expert at organizing large and extensive projects in a targeted manner.

In 1965 Brooks left IBM to build the computer science department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . He headed it for more than 20 years. In 1996 Brooks received the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science . In 1999 he received the Turing Award from the ACM computer science association . In 1970 he received the W. Wallace McDowell Award and in 2004 the Eckert-Mauchly Award . Since 1991 he has been a Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences . In 1976 he was admitted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2001 to the National Academy of Sciences .


Web links

Commons : Fred Brooks  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Frederick P. Brooks: On the Myth of the Man Month . Essays on software engineering. Addison-Wesley, Bonn 1987, ISBN 3-925118-09-8 (English: The Mythical Man Month: Essays on Software Engineering .).