Remembering Erich Bloch
January 9, 1925 - November 25, 2016
Erich Bloch, German-American electrical engineer, had a long and successful career, first at IBM and then with the US National Science Foundation (NSF). When IBM was planning its industry-defining System/360 family of mainframe computers in the early 1960s, Bloch proposed using a new technology he had been developing, known as Solid Logic Technology (SLT). Under Bloch’s bold leadership of SLT manufacturing and development, the System/360 flourished and IBM became the largest semiconductor company in the world for several years. Bloch left IBM after 32 years to accept an appointment by Ronald Reagan as director of the NSF, where he played an integral role supporting the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET), which gave rise to today's internet. Bloch was honored as a Fellow of the Computer History Museum in 2004.READ MORE
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