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information technology executive , writer

Watts Sherman Humphrey, American information technology executive, writer. Achievements include patents in field. Recipient Aerospace Software Engineering award American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 1993, Boeing award for Leadership & Innovation in Software Process Improvement, 2000, National Medal of Technology The White House, 2003, Professional Achievement award Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Association, 2010.

Background

Humphrey, Watts Sherman was born on July 4, 1927 in Battle Creek, Michigan, United States. Son of Watts Sherman Humphrey and Katharine (Strong) Osborne.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Physics, University Chicago, 1949. Master of Business Administration, University Chicago, 1951. Master of Science in Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1950.

Doctor of Philosophy in Software Engineering (honorary), Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 1998.

Career

Electronics engineer Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, 1949-1951;director science personnel Chicago Midway Laboratory, University of Chicago, 1951-1953;manager computing development, Sylvania Electric Products, Natick, Massachusetts, 1953-1959;instructor computer design, Northeastern U., Boston, 1956-1959;with, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1959-1986;manager teleprocessing systems development, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1959-1964;director systems application engineering, Armonk, New York, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1964-1965;director time sharing systems, White Plains, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1965-1966;director programming, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1966-1968;vice president technical development, Armonk, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1968-1970;director Endicott (New York) laboratories, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1970-1972;director policy development, Armonk, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1972-1979;director technical assessment, White Plains, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1979-1983;director programming quality and process, Poughkeepsie, New York, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1983-1986;director software process program, Software Engineering Institute Carnegie Mellon U., Pittsburgh, 1986-1991;fellow, Software Engineering Institute Carnegie Mellon U., Pittsburgh, since 1991. Chairman advisory board International Business Machines Corporation Systems Research Institute, New York City, 1973-1982.

Achievements

  • Achievements include patents in field.

Works

Membership

Board examiners Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, 1991. Science advising committee Std. System Center United States Air Force, 1989-1992.

With United States Navy, 1944-1946. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (editorial boards Spectrum 1982-1983, The Institute 1982-1983, reviewer Software 1984, Computer 1984, International Business Machines Corporation System Journal 1989). Member Association for Computing Machinery, Institute for Radio Engineers (chairman computer section 1959).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: running, skiing, duplicate bridge.

Connections

Married Barbara Fallon, May 22, 1954. Children: Katharine Pickman, Lisa Fish, Sarah DeCamello, Watts Junior, Peter, Erica Jarrett, Christopher.

father:
Watts Sherman Humphrey Osborne

mother:
Katharine (Strong) Osborne

spouse:
Barbara Fallon

children:
Katharine Pickman Humphrey

Lisa Fish Humphrey

Sarah DeCamello Humphrey

Watts Junior Humphrey

Peter Humphrey

Erica Jarrett Humphrey

Christopher Humphrey