James Martin


October 19, 1933 – June 24, 2013

Inducted in the Inaugural Class (1990)

Notable accomplishments:

  • Father of Computer Aided Systems Engineering (CASE) and Rapid Application Development (RAD) technologies
  • Member of the Software Scientific Advisory Board to the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Nominated for Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling 1978 book, “The Wired Society”
  • Author of more than 100 books on information technology

“As technology grows in power, its ability either to disrupt or to heal increases.” (“The Wired Society,” 1978)

“Change is mandatory in the computer industry. You can become obsolete very fast.” (Interview with Patricia Keefe in ComputerWorld, June 22, 1992)

“We are perhaps two decades from the time when we will need to worry about machines being difficult to control.” (Interview with Mike Wendland in the Detroit Free Press, Aug. 8, 2001)

Suggested reading:
“Programming Real-time Computer Systems,” by James Martin (1965)

“The Wired Society: A Challenge for Tomorrow,” by James Martin (1978)

“After the Internet: Alien Intelligence,” by James Martin (2000)

Learn more:
James Martin’s personal website archived at The Internet Archive