• 1925
    (b.) - ?


On February 19, 1985, Erich Bloch was one of three IBM retired employees to receive the first National Technology Medal from U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Bloch, Frederick P. Brooks and Bob O. Evans were recognized for their contributions to the development of the IBM System/360, which helped to revolutionize the data processing industry. Commenting in August 1984 on Bloch's imminent September 1 retirement -- after 32 years of service -- IBM chairman of the board John R. Opel said: "Erich played an early and continuing leadership role in IBM's technology development. His commitment to the enhancement of technical vitality programs will help ensure that IBM people remain on the leading edge of this industry. We will miss him and we wish him well in his new career." Upon retirement, Bloch became the director of the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.
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    Pioneering development with the IBM/360 computer
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