Grady Booch

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Grady Booch
Grady Booch in 2011
Born (1955-02-27) February 27, 1955 (age 68)
EducationU.S. Air Force Academy (B.S.)
University of California, Santa Barbara (M.S.)
Known for
Scientific career

Grady Booch (born February 27, 1955) is an American software engineer, best known for developing the Unified Modeling Language (UML) with Ivar Jacobson and James Rumbaugh. He is recognized internationally for his innovative work in software architecture, software engineering, and collaborative development environments.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]


Booch earned his bachelor's degree in 1977 from the United States Air Force Academy and a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1979 from the University of California, Santa Barbara.[8]

Career and research[edit]

Booch worked at Vandenberg Air Force Base after he graduated. He started as a project engineer and later managed ground-support missions for the space shuttle and other projects. After he gained his master's degree he became an instructor at the Air Force Academy.[9]

Booch served as Chief Scientist of Rational Software Corporation from its founding in 1981 through its acquisition by IBM in 2003, where he continued to work until March 2008. After this he became Chief Scientist, Software Engineering in IBM Research and series editor for Benjamin Cummings.

Booch has devoted his life's work to improving the art and the science of software development. In the 1980s, he wrote one of the more popular books on programming in Ada. He is best known for developing the Unified Modeling Language with Ivar Jacobson and James Rumbaugh in the 1990s.

IBM 1130[edit]

Booch got his first exposure to programming on an IBM 1130.[10]

... I pounded the doors at the local IBM sales office until a salesman took pity on me. After we chatted for a while, he handed me a Fortran [manual]. I'm sure he gave it to me thinking, "I'll never hear from this kid again." I returned the following week saying, "This is really cool. I've read the whole thing and have written a small program. Where can I find a computer?" The fellow, to my delight, found me programming time on an IBM 1130 on weekends and late-evening hours. That was my first programming experience, and I must thank that anonymous IBM salesman for launching my career. Thank you, IBM.

Booch method[edit]

Class diagram

Booch developed the Booch method of software development, which he presents in his 1991/94 book, Object Oriented Analysis and Design With Applications. He advises adding more classes to simplify complex code. The Booch method is a technique used in software engineering. It is an object modeling language and methodology that was widely used in object-oriented analysis and design. It was developed by Booch while at Rational Software.

The notation aspect of the Booch method has now been superseded by the Unified Modeling Language (UML), which features graphical elements from the Booch method along with elements from the object-modeling technique (OMT) and object-oriented software engineering (OOSE).

Methodological aspects of the Booch method have been incorporated into several methodologies and processes, the primary such methodology being the Rational Unified Process (RUP).

Design patterns[edit]

Booch is also an advocate of design patterns. For instance, he wrote the foreword to Design Patterns, an early and highly influential book in the field.

IBM Research - Almaden[edit]

He now is part of IBM Research - Almaden, serving as Chief Scientist for Software Engineering, where he continues his work on the "Handbook of Software Architecture" and also leads several long-term projects in software engineering. Grady has served as architect and architectural mentor for numerous complex software-intensive systems around the world.


Grady Booch published several articles and books. A selection:

  • Software Engineering with Ada.[11]
  • Object Solutions: Managing the Object-Oriented Project.[12]
  • The Unified Software Development Process. With Ivar Jacobson and James Rumbaugh.[13]
  • The Complete UML Training Course. With James Rambaag and Ivar Jacobson.[14]
  • The Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual, Second Edition. With James Rumbaugh and Ivar Jacobson.[15]
  • The Unified Modeling Language User Guide, Second Edition. With James Rumbaugh and Ivar Jacobson.[16]
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications.[17]

Awards and honors[edit]

Booch at the IEEE Computer Society's first TechIgnite conference

In 1995, Booch was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[18] He was named an IBM Fellow in 2003, soon after his entry into IBM, and assumed his current role on March 18, 2008. He was recognized as an IEEE Fellow in 2010.[19] In 2012, Booch was awarded the Lovelace Medal for 2012 by the British Computer Society[20] and gave the 2013 Lovelace Lecture.[21] He gave the Turing Lecture in 2007. He was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer award in 2016 for his pioneering work in Object Modeling that led to the creation of the Unified Modeling Language (UML).[22]


  1. ^ "A podcast interview with Grady Booch on Software Engineering Radio".
  2. ^ ""The Promise, The Limits, The Beauty of Software" talk at Yahoo!". Archived from the original on 2007-06-01.
  3. ^ "There is joy in software. Podcast".
  4. ^ "Grady Booch On Architecture podcast series". Archived from the original on 2018-08-03. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
  5. ^ "Zen and the Art of Architecture: the Innovation Interview with Grady Booch Part 1". 23 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Zen and the Art of Architecture: the Innovation Interview with Grady Booch Part 2". March 2012.
  7. ^ "Zen and the Art of Architecture: the Innovation Interview with Grady Booch Part 3". 8 March 2012.
  8. ^ Swaine, Michael (2007-03-09). "Dr. Dobb's Excellence in Programming Award". Dr. Dobb's Journal.
  9. ^ Murphy, Kieron. "Grady Booch: A man of methods". Archived from the original on 10 March 2003. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  10. ^ Booch, Grady (2003-04-03). "Quote from interview: Grady Booch polishes his crystal ball". IBM. Retrieved 2007-01-16.
  11. ^ Benjamin/Cummings (1983) ISBN 0-8053-0604-8.
  12. ^ Pearson Education (1995) ISBN 0-8053-0594-7.
  13. ^ Prentice Hall (1999) ISBN 978-0-201-57169-1.
  14. ^ Prentice Hall (2000) ISBN 0-13-087014-5.
  15. ^ Addison-Wesley (2004) ISBN 978-0-321-24562-5.
  16. ^ Addison-Wesley (2005) ISBN 978-0-321-26797-9.
  17. ^ Addison-Wesley (2007) ISBN 0-201-89551-X.
  18. ^ "ACM: Fellows Award / Grady Booch". Archived from the original on 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
  19. ^ "Fellow Class of 2010". IEEE. Archived from the original on 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
  20. ^ "Grady Booch presented with BCS Lovelace Medal". BCS. 29 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  21. ^ "Trends in programming". BCS. Grady Booch, who gave 2013's BCS Lovelace Lecture, has, ...
  22. ^ "Grady Booch | IEEE Computer Society". Retrieved 2019-06-06.

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