Gerald Weinberg

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Gerald WeinbergName: Gerald Marvin (Jerry) Weinberg

Born: October 27, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer scientist, author, and teacher of the anthropology and psychology of computer software development.
  • Founder of AYE Conference.
  • Moderator at the Shape Forum.

Significant publications

  • The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully (2011).
  • Are Your Lights On? (2011).
  • Perfect Software: And Other Illusions about Testing (2008).
  • The Psychology of Computer Programming (1998).
  • Quality Software Management (1994).

Honors and awards

  • Software Test Professionals first annual Luminary Award recipient (2010).
  • Winner of The Stevens Award for Contributions to Software Engineering (2000).
  • Awarded The J.-D. Warnier Prize for Excellence in Information Sciences (1993).
  • Founding Member of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.
  • Visiting professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, SUNY Binghamton, and Columbia University.
  • Member of the Society for General Systems Research.


"When program developers are not territorial about their code and encourage others to look for bugs and potential improvements, progress speeds up dramatically."

"If builders built houses the way programmers built programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization."

"Let's hope that no system of theory of systems will ever eliminate the other systems – that no approach will be promoted to a dogma, and no group of scientists will become the high priests. Shouldn't we rather let a hundred flowers bloom...?"