His work in computer design and software engineering helped shape the field of computer science.
His son, Roger, confirmed that his father had died.
The computer science department at the University of North Carolina was created by Dr.Brooks and he was a leader in the field of computer graphics and virtual reality.
He was one of the technical leaders of IBM's 360 computer project in the 1960's. It was a huge undertaking at a time when smaller rivals were making headway. It was described as abet the company in an article by Fortune magazine.
Each model of computer had its own design. Engineers had to change their programs to run on new machines.
IBM promised to eliminate that costly, repetitive labor with an approach championed by Dr. The family of six compatible computers was announced by IBM. Customers moved from smaller to larger computers and programs written for one model could run on the others.
The architecture of the IBM System/360 was described in a paper by three people.
Richard Sites, a computer designer who studied under Dr. FredBrooks, said that that was a breakthrough in computer architecture
There was an issue. The IBM promise of compatibility across machines and the ability to run multiple programs at once was not ready as it proved to be a far more daunting challenge than expected. The command and control system of a computer is called operating system software. The OS/360 was a competitor to Microsoft's Windows.
Dr.Brooks was just 33 years old when IBM made the announcement. He was going to start a computer science department at Chapel Hill, where he was born and raised. The president of IBM asked him to stay on for another year.
The OS/360 problems were solved after Dr.Brooks agreed. The company's dominance of the computer market was solidified by the success of the project.
IBM's chief executive and himself a computer scientist said thatFredBrooks was a brilliant scientist who changed computing He was a pioneer in the industry.
He was the chairman of the computer science department for 20 years.
The book "The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering" was written by Dr. It was first published in 1975, and quickly became a cult classic, selling briskly for many years.
The tone is witty and self-deprecating with quotes from Shakespeare and Sophocles. Practical tips can be found along the way. It's called "surgical teams" and it involves organizing engineers on big software projects.
Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later, according to his principle. He admitted that he was exaggerating to make a point.
He suggested that it's better to rethink things than to add more people. Software engineering is a profession with elements of artistry and creativity.
Some software developers think that the law doesn't apply anymore. Large open-source software projects have armies of internet- connected engineers to spot flaws in code and recommend fixes. Even open-source projects are usually governed by a small group of people.
The oldest of three boys was born on April 19, 1931. His mother was a homemaker and his father was a doctor.
After graduating from Duke University, Dr.Brooks went on to graduate school at Harvard. There were no computer science departments at the time.
His adviser was a physicist and computer pioneer. He worked as a teaching assistant for Kenneth Iverson, an early designer of programming languages.
Industry and academics were increasingly using computers. At Marathon Oil, North American Aviation, and Bell Labs, Dr.Brooks worked.
He met Nancy at Harvard where she received a master's degree in physics. Two days after Harvard's graduation, they tied the knot. They took off together to jobs at IBM.
After attending Bible study sessions hosted by his colleague and fellow computer designer Dr. Blaauw, Dr.Brooks became a convinced and committed Christian. In an interview with the Computer History Museum, Dr.Brooks said that the intellectual difficulties he was having as a scientist with Christianity were not the most important thing. He was a leader and faculty adviser to Christian study and fellowship groups at the university, having taught Sunday school for over 50 years.
His family includes his wife, his brother, two children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the Turing Award were two of the prizes that Dr.Brooks received.
His work in computer design and software engineering was cited a lot. During his time at the University of North Carolina, Dr.Brooks was interested in computer graphics and virtual reality. Techniques for fast and realistic presentation of images were included in his research efforts.
The impact of his work in computer graphics was enormous according to Patrick Hanrahan. He was a thought leader a long time ago.
Henry Fuchs, a professor at the University of North Carolina and a long time colleague, said in an interview that there was a common theme to his career. Whether designing a new family of computers used across the economy or helping biologists explore molecule to develop new drugs, Dr.
He said thatFred thought that computer scientists were mostly tool builders.