Written by Nick Heer.

Fred Brooks Has Died

Steven M. Bellovin on Twitter:

Sad news from @unccs — Fred P. Brooks, the founder and long-time chair of the department (and a major influence on my professional outlook) passed away a few hours ago.

Brooks, of course, was responsible for Brooks’ Law as described in the Mythical Man-Month: “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”. An icon and one of the great thinkers in computing.