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Known for  IBM 360
Name  Erich Bloch
Fields  Electrical engineering

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Born  January 9, 1925 (age 90) Salzburg, Germany (1925-01-09)
Institutions  IBM (1952 - 1981 ) National Science Foundation Director (1984 - 1990)
Alma mater  ETH Zurich State University of New York at Buffalo (B.S., 1952)
Notable awards  National Medal of Technology and Innovation National Academy of Engineering Member Computer Pioneer Award (1993) Vannevar Bush Award (2002) Computer History Museum Fellow (2004) Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences Member IEEE Fellow
Education  University at Buffalo, ETH Zurich
Awards  National Medal of Technology and Innovation
People also search for  Bob O. Evans, Fred Brooks, Howard H. Aiken

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Erich Bloch (January 9, 1925 – November 25, 2016) was a German-born American electrical engineer and administrator. He was involved with developing IBM's first transistorized supercomputer, 7030 Stretch, and mainframe computer, System/360. He served as director of the National Science Foundation from 1984 to 1990.


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Bloch was born in Sulzburg, Germany in 1925. Bloch, the son of a Jewish businessman and housewife, lost his parents in the Holocaust, survived the war in a refugee camp in Switzerland and immigrated in 1948 to the United States. He studied electrical engineering at ETH Zurich and received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Buffalo.

Bloch joined IBM after graduating in 1952. He was engineering manager of IBM's STRETCH supercomputer system and director of several research sites during his career. In June 1984, Ronald Reagan nominated Bloch to succeed Edward Alan Knapp become director of the National Science Foundation. The same year, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. In 1985, Bloch was awarded one of the first National Medals of Technology and Innovation along with Bob O. Evans and Fred Brooks for their work on the IBM System/360.

After stepping down as director of the National Science Foundation, Bloch joined the Council on Competitiveness as its first distinguished fellow. The IEEE Computer Society awarded him the Computer Pioneer Award in 1993 for high speed computing. In 2002, the National Science Board honored Bloch with the Vannevar Bush Award. He was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum in 2004 "for engineering management of the IBM Stretch supercomputer, and of the Solid Logic Technology used in the IBM System/360, which revolutionized the computer industry."

Bloch died at the age of 91 from complications of Alzheimer's disease on 25 November 2016 in Washington, D.C.


  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation (1985)
  • Computer Pioneer Award (1993)
  • Vannevar Bush Award (2002)
  • Computer History Museum Fellow (2004)
  • References

    Erich Bloch Wikipedia

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