Adele Goldberg (computer scientist)

Adele Goldberg ( born July 22, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American researcher in the field of computer science. She has been involved in the 1970s, much to the development of the Smalltalk programming language.


First, Adele Goldberg studied mathematics in Michigan, with the intent - to be a math teacher - like her mother. However, this plan failed to speak because of their fear of people. She then competed in the USA at IBM as a secretary. But since they do not their mathematics studies ended and as a young woman saw no opportunities for advancement, they decided to change course to further study and enrolled at the University of Chicago.

At the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center ( PARC ), she was on for 14 years. There she worked in research and later as a laboratory manager. From 1984 to 1986 she was also still president of ACM ( Association for Computing Machinery). At Xerox, she developed, inter alia, with Alan Kay object-oriented programming language Smalltalk. Xerox himself wanted this but not market and so decided Adele Goldberg and some of her colleagues to form a subsidiary company. From 1988 to 1999 she was chairman of this company and was in addition to the research now also active in the marketing of their product.

She is currently President of the mainly she co-founded Neometron Inc. Neometron simulates the processes of project developments in online communities, support effective teamwork and advises the customer. She also sits on the board of several private technology companies. In addition, she is a member of the scientific board of the former GMD ( German National Research Center for Information Technology, today Fraunhofer -Gesellschaft). She also is a member of the board of the Department of Physics at the University of Chicago.

Goldberg is the author and co-author of numerous books on project management and object-oriented software development, and in 1990 PC Magazine honored for her life's work.

Selected Works

  • Adele Goldberg, David Robson: Smalltalk-80: The Language and Its Implementation. Addison -Wesley, Reading, Mass.. , 1983, ISBN 0-201-11371-6, (the " Blue Book ").