Grady Booch, chief scientist for IBM Research, has been awarded the BCS Lovelace Medal in recognition for his innovative work in software architecture, software engineering and collaborative environments.

Booch is renowned for originating the terms and practice of object orientated design, as well as the term and practice of collaborative development environments.

"I am delighted that we are awarding Grady Booch with the Lovelace medal, he has developed important foundations for the ever increasing use of software systems," said David Clarke, CEO at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

"The impact he has made to the IT industry and his contribution to academic research organisations, including the publication of six best-selling books, makes Booch a very worthy receiver of this award."

The BCS Lovelace Medal was established in 1998 and is presented annually to individuals who, in the opinion of BCS, have made a significant contribution to the advancement of information systems.

Booch joined IBM in 2003 as part of the $2.1 billion acquisition of Rational Software Corporation, where he was employed as chief scientist. As the current chief scientist for IBM Research, he is now focusing on the theory and practice of software architecture for ultra-large systems, as well as developing a transmedia documentary on computing.

"I am thrilled to accept the Lovelace Medal from BCS. The flowering of modern computing can be traced back to the time of Charles Babbage and Ada Augusta, Countess of Lovelace, for whom this award is named," said Booch.

"It is a distinct privilege and responsibility to be counted among those men and women who have helped advance the technology of computing for the advancement of the human spirit."