Erich Bloch

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Erich Bloch
Born (1925-01-09) January 9, 1925 (age 91)
Salzburg, Germany
Fields Electrical engineering
Institutions IBM (1952 - 1981 )
National Science Foundation Director (1984 - 1990)
Alma mater ETH Zurich
State University of New York at Buffalo (B.S., 1952)
Known for IBM 360
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) [1]
Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences Member
IEEE Fellow

Erich Bloch (born January 9, 1925)[2] is a German-born American electrical engineer and administrator. He served as director of National Science Foundation from 1984 to 1990.

Bloch studied electrical engineering at ETH Zurich and received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Bloch joined IBM in 1952. He was engineering manager of lBM's STRETCH supercomputer system and director of several research sites during his career. In 1984 Bloch was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He joined the Council on Competitiveness as its first distinguished fellow in 1991. The National Science Board honored him in 2002 with the Vannevar Bush Award.[3] In 2002 he was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum "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."[4]


  1. ^ Erich Bloch 2004 Fellow
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  3. ^ Noxon, Bill (April 24, 2002). Erich Bloch Honored with Vannevar Bush Award for Long-Running Contributions to S&T.
  4. ^ "Erich Bloch". Computer History Museum. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 

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Preceded by
Edward A. Knapp
Director of the National Science Foundation
September 1984 - August 1990
Succeeded by
Walter E. Massey