Herbert Grosch

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Herbert GroschName: Herbert Reuben Grosch

Born: September 13, 1918 in Canada

Death: January 18, 2010 (Age: 92)

Computer related contributions

  • Computer scientist, perhaps best known for Grosch's law, which he formulated in 1950.
  • In 1945, he was hired by IBM to do backup calculations for the Manhattan Project.
  • In 1951, he went on to work on project Whirlwind at MIT, and on other early computer projects at General Electric.
  • Grosch is respected for discovering and describing the relationship between speed and cost of computers.


  • Elements and Ephemeris of Delaporte Object (1936)
  • Integration Orbit and Mean Elements of Jupiter's Eighth Satellite (1942)
  • Ray Tracing with the IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (1949)
  • A New Level of Instruction in Celestial Mechanics (1958)

Honors and awards

  • Association for Computing Machinery Fellows Award (1995)