Grady Booch

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Grady Booch is Chief Scientist for Software Engineering as well as the Chief Scientist for Watson/M at IBM Research. Having originated the term and the practice of object-oriented design, he is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software engineering and software architecture. A co-author of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a founding member of the Agile Alliance, and a founding member of the Hillside Group, Booch has published six books and several hundred technical articles, including a column for IEEE Software.

Booch is also a trustee for the Computer History Museum. He is an IBM Fellow, an ACM and IEEE Fellow, and has been awarded the Lovelace Medal and has given the Turing Lecture for the BCS. He is currently deeply involved in the development of cognitive systems, and is also developing a major trans-media documentary for public broadcast on the intersection of computing and the human experience.


2016 Computer Pioneer Award
“For pioneering work in Object Modeling that led to the creation of the Unified Modeling Language (UML).”
Learn more about the Computer Pioneer Award.