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Visionary computer scientist to deliver annual Manchester lecture

22 Jan 2007

A visionary computer scientist with a passion for playing the harp will explore the beauty and elegance of computer software at the third Manchester Turing Lecture on Monday 22 January 2007.

Grady Booch, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist at IBM Rational Software, will deliver a talk on 'The promise, the limits, and the beauty of software' at the University of Manchester's School of Computer Science. The annual lecture has been organised in association with the British Computer Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Booch is recognised internationally for his innovative work on software architecture, software engineering and modelling. A renowned industry visionary, he has devoted his life's work to improving the effectiveness of software developers worldwide. Booch served as Chief Scientist of Rational Software Corporation from its foundation in 1981 and continues to serve in that capacity within IBM. He is one of the original authors of a programming language known as Unified Modeling Language (UML), which is now used by global giants like Microsoft, IBM and Oracle in their products. Outside of work, Booch's interests include reading, travelling, singing, and playing the harp. During the Manchester lecture, Booch will talk about the promise, the limits, and the beauty of computer software. He will offer some conclusions on the last 60 years of software development and some expectations and cautions for the next generation. Booch will also explore the idea not everything software developers want to build should be built, for moral, economic, social, and political reasons. Such is the demand for seats at the event, the talk will be relayed via a live-link video to second overflow lecture theatre. Around 300 people are expected to attend. Anyone wishing to attend the lecture can register for the event at The Manchester Turing Lecture is jointly sponsored by the School of Computer Science, Manchester Business School, the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and IBM, in association with BCS and IET. This is the third year it has been held in Manchester. The Turing Lecture will also be held at Savoy Place in London on 25 January 2006. People will be able to watch it live via the IET website at

Notes to Editors:

Manchester Turing Lecture, 1800 to 1930, Monday 22nd January 2007, Kilburn Building Lecture Theatre 1.1. It is accessible for wheelchair users and includes facilities for visually and hearing impaired delegates.

Further information from Alex Waddington, Media Relations Officer, University of Manchester, 0161 306 3983 or

Please note that due to the popularity of the event, anyone who registers now will be sitting in a separate lecture theatre from that of Grady Booch and the lecture will be relayed via live-link video.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is the largest professional engineering society in Europe and the second largest of its type in the world.

The British Computer Society is the leading UK professional body for the IT industry.

IBM is delighted to again act as co-sponsors of Turing Lecture in Manchester.

The School of Computer Science is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. For more information please see