Dr. Fred Brooks

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., received an A.B. summa cum laude in physics from Duke in 1953 and a Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard in 1956. At IBM he was an architect of an early supercomputer and was then project manager for both hardware and software of the System/360 (mainframe) computer family, whose descendants are still widely used. In 1964 he founded the Computer Science Department at the UNC-Chapel Hill and chaired it for 20 years. Currently, he is Kenan Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus. Dr. Brooks and his wife, Nancy, have three children and nine grandchildren. A Christian since age 31,  Dr. Brooks chaired the Executive Committee for the Central Carolina Billy Graham Crusade in 1973. Dr . and Mrs. Brooks advise the graduate-student chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and he has taught an adult Sunday school class for over forty years.