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More information:  Computing: The Human Experience  |  Handbook of Software Architecture


Grady is currently developing a major transmedia project on computing; for more information, visit Computing: The Human Experience.

Grady is recognized internationally for his innovative work in software architecture, software engineering, and collaborative development environments. He has devoted his life's work to improving the art and the science of software development. Grady served as Chief Scientist of Rational Software Corporation since its founding in 1981 and through its acquisition by IBM in 2003. Grady has been deeply involved in IBM's cognitive systems strategy, for Watson and systems that extend and transcend Watson, and is currently chief scientist for Watson/M focused on embodied cognition. Grady led the IBM Global Technology Outlook topic on cognitive systems, and now he continues to work with the key architects of the Watson Group and the sister organization in IBM Research to further advance the science and the practice of cognitive systems. He now is part of the IBM Almaden Research Laboratory serving as Chief Scientist for Software Engineering where he continues his work on the Handbook of Software Architecture and also leads several projects in software engineering that are beyond the constraints of immediate product horizons. Grady continues to engage with customers working on real problems and maintains deep relationships with academia and other research organizations around the world. Grady is one of the original authors of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and was also one of the original developers of several of Rational's products. 

Grady is the author of six best-selling books, including the UML Users Guide and the seminal Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications. He writes a regular column on architecture for IEEE Software. Grady has published several hundred articles on software engineering, including papers published in the early '80s that originated the term and practice of object-oriented design (OOD), plus papers published in the early 2000's that originated the term and practice of collaborative development environments (CDE). You'll find some of those articles available for download at his ACM author profile.

Grady is an IBM Fellow, an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, a World Technology Network Fellow, a Software Development Forum Visionary, and a recipient of Dr. Dobb's Excellence in Programming award plus three Jolt Awards. He has given the Turlng Lecture for the UK's BCS and was also awarded the Lovelace Medal. Grady was awarded the Computer Pioneer Award by the IEEE. Grady was a founding board member of the Agile Alliance, the Hillside Group, and the Worldwide Institute of Software Architects, and now also serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Software Architects. He is also a member of the IEEE Software editorial board. Additionally, Grady serves on the board of the Computer History Museum, where he helped establish work for the preservation of classic software and therein has conducted several oral histories for luminaries such as John Backus, Fred Brooks, and Linus Torvalds. He previously served on the board of the Iliff School of Theology.

Grady received his bachelor of science from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977 and his master of science in electrical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1979.