Frederick Brooks

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Frederick BrooksName: Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr.

Born: April 19, 1931 in Durham, North Carolina USA

Computer related contributions

  • Software engineer and computer scientist. Known for managing the development of IBM's System/360 family of computers and the OS/360 software support package. Later, he wrote candidly about the process in his book The Mythical Man-Month.


  • Essays from a Computer Scientist (2010)
  • Concepts and Evolution (1997)
  • Essays on Software Engineering (1995)
  • Automatic Data Processing (1963)

Honors and awards

  • Computer Pioneer Award, IEEE Computer Society (1982)
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation (1985)
  • Eckert-Mauchly Award, Association for Computing Machinery and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers–Computer Society (2004)
  • IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award (2010)


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