A Life with Databases

Speakers: Charles Bachman
Date: 16th October 2008
Time: 14.30 Room is open from 14.00 - meet up with society members
Location: Fellows Library of the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD



About the seminar

Development in databases advanced in the later 1960s as affordable disc storage became available. This seminar gives an opportunity to hear from one of the pioneers, who himself made an outstanding contribution to database technology. Expect a personal account on the history, with insights into the competing streams of development and the players involved.

About the speaker

Charles developed the IDS (Integrated Data Store), one of the first database management systems, when working at General Electric in America in the 1960s, and continued working on software systems at Cullinane (on IDMS) and later founded Bachman Information Systems, which specialised in CASE products.

In 1977 Charles was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the BCS.


For more see this Wikipedia entry on Charles Bachman. That also gives links to more detailed information.

For further background about the software industry and database products that grew from the original database developments see the book by Martin Campbell-Kelly on the history of the software industry. ( From Airline reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog; MIT 2004; ISBN 0-262-03303-8 ).


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