[SIGCIS-Members] Charlie Bachman Receives National Medal of Honor from President Obama at White House Ceremony

Dave Walden dave.walden.family at gmail.com
Fri Nov 21 03:01:04 PST 2014

FYI:  Andy Russell interviewed Bachman in 2011.  The interview
is posted on the Computer Society History Committee's website

At 10:37 PM 11/20/2014, Andrew Russell wrote:
>Hello everyone -
>I’m passing on this message, via Paul Ceruzzi, 
>celebrating Charlie Bachman’s visit to the White House today.
>From: John Fitzsimmons
>Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 2:30 PM
>To: John Fitzsimmons
>Subject: Charlie Bachman Receives National Medal 
>of Honor from President Obama at White House Ceremony
>Good afternoon,
>On behalf of Charlie Bachman and the Bachman 
>family, I am honored to let you know that 
>Charlie today received a National Medal of Honor 
>from President Obama at a White House 
>ceremony.  We are reaching out to you as 
>friends, former business colleagues and school 
>alumni to express the appreciation and gratitude 
>that Charlie has for everyone who helped him 
>make the contributions he’s being honored for 
>today. As his dear friends and colleagues, he 
>wants you to know that he could not have 
>succeeded without your help and faith, both of 
>which have afforded the opportunities that led him to today’s recognition.
>Charlie was awarded the “National Medal of 
>Technology and Innovation for fundamental 
>inventions in database management, transaction 
>processing, and software engineering.”
>As you may imagine, it is an exciting time for 
>Charlie and the entire Bachman family.  Today 
>they are at the White House and a celebration 
>afterward.  Charlie’s children Chandini and Jon 
>are responding to media requests at 
><mailto:media at bachman.com>media at bachman.com. 
>That is also the best address to offer Charlie 
>well wishes.  He will turn 90 on December 11th.
>For more information about the award and event, 
>please reference the information and pictures 
>below. Should you wish to include any of the 
>information and photos in association 
>newsletters, alumni news or other materials, 
>please feel free to use the information as you wish.
>For the Bachman Family,
>Warm regards,
>Video of the ceremony: 
>(go to minute 45 of the video)
>Charlie Bachman, Creator of the First Computer 
>Database, Honored at White House Medal Ceremony by President Obama
>Michigan State Alumni, Massachusetts Resident,
>Built the First Database Management System
>Spokesperson:  Chandini Bachman - 
><mailto:media at bachman.com>media at bachman.com, (202) 487-3482
>For immediate release—November 20, 
>2014—(Washington, DC) Today at a White House 
>ceremony President Obama honored computer 
>technology pioneer and data architect Charles W. 
>Bachman with the National Medal of Technology 
>and Innovation for fundamental inventions in 
>database management, transaction processing, and 
>software engineering for his work designing the 
>first computer database. The ceremony will be 
>followed by a gala celebrating the achievements 
>and contributions to society by 18 pioneers in science and technology.
>Inventing the First Computer Database
>“The Integrated Data Store (IDS) was designed by 
>Charles W. (Charlie) Bachman, who later won the 
>ACM’s Turing Award for that accomplishment.  He 
>was the first Turing Award winner without a 
>Ph.D, the first with a background in engineering 
>rather than science, and the first to spend his 
>entire career in industry rather than academia.” 
>– (Thomas Haigh, “Charles W. Bachman: Database 
>Software Pioneer,” IEEE Annals of the History of 
>Computing, Vol. 33, Num. 4, Oct-Dec 2011, pp. 
>70-80. Biography of Bachman. 
><http://www.tomandmaria.com/tom/Writing/BachmanBio.pdf>Available online.)
>In gratitude for the recognition, Charles W. 
>(Charlie) Bachman said, “As a boy growing up in 
>Michigan making soap box derby racers, I knew 
>that all I wanted to do when I grew up was to 
>build things. I wanted to be an engineer. And I 
>wanted to make the world a better place. An 
>honor like this is something I never expected, 
>so I’m deeply grateful to the President, Senator 
>Edward J. Markey and everyone at the Department 
>of Commerce who voted for the recognition. It is 
>important for me to credit my late wife, Connie, 
>who was my partner in creativity, in business 
>and in life.  There are a lot of friends, family 
>and colleagues who helped along the way, of 
>course. I’d really like to thank them all, and 
>especially those at General Electric who gave me 
>the creative opportunities to invent. It is 
>amazing how much faith GE had in our team with 
>no guarantee of a useful result.  I hope that 
>young people just starting out can look at an 
>honor like this and see all of the new creative 
>opportunities that lay before them today, and 
>the differences they can make for their generation and for future generations.”
># # #
>A Brief History of Charles W. Bachman
>Charles W. Bachman was born in 1924, in 
>Manhattan, Kansas, where his father—also named 
>Charles W. Bachman— was head football coach at 
>Kansas Agricultural College (now Kansas 
>State).  His mother, Grace Cary Bachman, 
>graduated from the University of Oklahoma before 
>World War I.  She returned to graduate school at 
>Kansas State where she met and married the 
>football coach.  Coach Bachman (1892-1986) went 
>on to be the head coach at The University of 
>Florida in Gainesville and then on to Michigan 
>State College, now Michigan State 
>University.  Coach Bachman was inducted into the 
>College Football Hall of Fame in 1978.  Young 
>Charlie Bachman’s interest in architecture began 
>in East Lansing, Michigan in 1937 when Alden B. 
>Dow designed his parent’s contemporary 
>home.  Charlie went with his parents to Dow’s 
>design studio, and was fascinated by the work.
>Bachman began his undergraduate studies at 
>Michigan State in 1943, then enlisted in the US 
>Army.  He served in the US Army Anti-Aircraft 
>Artillery Corp 1943-1946 where he was
> first exposed to and used fire control 
> computers for aiming US 90 mm guns.  He was 
> deployed March 1944 through February 1946 in 
> New Guinea, Australia and the Philippine 
> Islands and his highest rank was Technical 
> Sergeant.  At the end of his World War II 
> military service, he returned to complete his 
> mechanical engineering program at Michigan 
> State where he was a member of the Phi Delta 
> Theta fraternity.  He graduated in 1948 with a 
> bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (Tau Beta Phi).
>In 1949, Bachman married his college sweetheart, 
>Connie Hadley.  Connie was a graduate of 
>Michigan State with a degree in Art Education. 
>Her father, Thomas Erle Hadley, was also very 
>committed to art and design.  Hadley served as 
>the head of the architectural department at the 
>General Motors’s Fisher Body Division, and 
>during WWII, collaborated across the auto 
>industry to work on the design of the Willow Run bomber factory in Detroit.
>On their honeymoon Connie and Charlie drove to 
>Spring Green, Wisconsin, to interview with Mr. 
>Frank Lloyd Wright about joining the Taliesin 
>Fellowship in Wisconsin.  Instead, they chose to 
>go to Philadelphia, where Charlie studied at the 
>University of Pennsylvania.  Bachman graduated 
>in 1950 with a master's degree in Mechanical 
>Engineering from the Towne School.  Because 
>engineering courses were taught at night, he 
>attended Wharton School of Business during the days
> and completed three quarters of the 
> requirements for an MBA.  Charlie's evolving 
> engineering and computer science career led the 
> couple to live in a variety of communities over 
> the years, including:  Philadelphia, PA; 
> Midland, MI; Stamford, CT; Paradise Valley, AZ; 
> Lexington, MA; Tucson, AZ; and then back to 
> Lexington, MA. Bachman and his wife had four 
> children, now adults.  They are Chandini M. 
> Bachman (Bethesda, Maryland), Thomas H. Bachman 
> (Phoenix, Arizona), Sara Bachman Ducey 
> (Bethesda, Maryland) and Jonathan A. Bachman 
> (Lexington, Massachusetts).  He also has five 
> grandchildren and one great grand-daughter.
>In a career spanning more than 50 years, Charlie 
>Bachman has been an analyst, a developer, an 
>architect, a standards leader, and entrepreneur 
>in one of the fastest growing and competitive 
>businesses in the world – computer software.  He 
>was employed in succession by Dow Chemical, 
>General Electric, Honeywell Information Systems, 
>and Cullinet. In 1983 with his wife, Connie, and 
>son, Jon, he launched his own business, Bachman 
>Information Systems, Inc. which was subsequently 
>listed on the NASDAQ.  After he retired, he 
>continued to consult and clients included the Cord
>Blood Registry System.    The fundamental 
>breakthrough work for which he is receiving the 
>2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation 
>began in the GE Computer Department in New York City and Phoenix.
>In addition to receiving the ACM Turing Award in 
>1973, Charlie Bachman is a Distinguished Fellow 
>of the British Computer Society (BCS).  U.S. 
>Senator Edward J. Markey nominated Bachman for 
>the National Medal of Technology and 
>Innovation.  Markey and Bachman first met in 
>1997 when their portraits were both included in 
>Wizards and Their Wonders: Portraits in 
>Computing by Christopher Morgan with photographs 
>by Louis Fabian Bachrach and published by the ACM Press, New York, NY.
>Today, Charlie Bachman lives in Lexington, 
>Mass.  He enjoys gardening and recently planted 
>a memorial garden for his late wife, Connie 
>(1927-2012).  This is the seventh garden he has 
>designed over the years; it is a spring garden 
>full of daffodils, tree peonies, iris, poppies, 
>rhododendrons and a yellow flowering magnolia 
>tree.  He will celebrate his 90th birthday on December 11th.
>Press Release from the White House:
>The White House
>Office of the Press Secretary
>For Immediate Release
>November 20, 2014
>President Obama Presents the National Medals of 
>Science & National Medals of Technology and Innovation
>Announces new commitments in support of his Educate to Innovate campaign
>Washington, D.C. – Today at a White House 
>ceremony, President Obama will honor the newest 
>recipients of the National Medal of Science and 
>the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. 
>These awards are the highest honors bestowed by 
>the United States Government for achievements in 
>science, technology, and innovation.
>President Obama said, “The story of these 
>trailblazers reflect our bigger American story 
>of constant transformation. They represent the 
>spirit that has always defined the American 
>people, one of restless searching for the right 
>solution to any problem; an inclination to dream 
>big dreams; and an insistence on making those dreams come true.”
>The President will also announce new commitments 
>and progress updates onEducate to Innovate, his 
>all-hands-on-deck campaign to help more girls 
>and boys be inspired to excel in science, 
>technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.
>Marking Five Years of Progress in the President’s Educate to Innovatecampaign
>Five years ago, President Obama launched Educate 
>to Innovate, an all-hands-on-deck campaign to 
>help more girls and boys be inspired to excel in 
>science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) 
>subjects. The campaign reflects the President’s 
>core conviction that far more needs to be done 
>in giving students the critical skills needed to 
>succeed in STEM fields, and that success 
>required action not just from the Federal 
>government, but the broader community of 
>educational leaders, foundations, companies, 
>non-profits, and science and technology 
>professionals that have unique contributions they can make.
>Today, the Administration is announcing new 
>commitments and progress updatesthat showcase 
>the ongoing momentum of the campaign, including:
>·         100kin10, a network of more than 200 
>partners, is announcing that it has raised 
>another $28 million in support of the goal of 
>preparing 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over a decade.
>·         Change the Equation, a coalition of 
>leading CEOs, is committing to expanding 
>high-quality STEM programs to more than 1 million students by 2016.
>·         Discovery Communications will launch a 
>new show next year to inspire students in STEM 
>fields, highlighting “All-American Makers.”
>·         Continued growth in students reached 
>by range of companies, non-profits, Federal 
>agencies and others participating in the 
>President’s campaign, including National Math 
>and Science Initiative, US2020, Time Warner 
>Cable, Maker Education Initiative, Institute of 
>Museum and Libraries Services, Corporation for 
>National and Community Service,Underwater Dreams and others.
>Read the full fact sheet of announcements and 
>progress updates 
>Recognizing the Achievements of Our Innovators, Explorers, and Researchers
>The National Medal of Scientists honors 
>individuals for their outstanding contributions 
>in fields such as biology, physics, and math. 
>The National Medal of Technology and Innovation 
>honors the Nation’s visionary thinkers whose 
>creativity and intellect have made a lasting 
>impact on the United States and its workforce.
>Today’s recipients of the National Medal of Science are:
>Bruce Alberts
>University of California, San Francisco
>For intellectual leadership and experimental 
>innovation in the field of DNA replication, and 
>for unparalleled dedication to improving science 
>education and promoting science-based public policy.
>Robert Axelrod
>University of Michigan
>For interdisciplinary work on the evolution of 
>cooperation, complexity theory, and 
>international security, and for the exploration 
>of how social science models can be used to explain biological phenomena.
>May Berenbaum
>University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
>For pioneering studies on chemical coevolution 
>and the genetic basis of insect-plant 
>interactions, and for enthusiastic commitment to 
>public engagement that inspires others about the wonders of science.
>David Blackwell*
>University of California, Berkeley
>For fundamental contributions to probability 
>theory, mathematical statistics, information 
>theory, mathematical logic, and Blackwell games, 
>which have had a lasting impact on critical 
>endeavors such as drug testing, computer communications, and manufacturing.
>Alexandre J. Chorin
>University of California, Berkeley
>For the development of revolutionary methods for 
>realistic fluid-flow simulation, now ubiquitous 
>in the modeling and design of engines, aircraft 
>wings, and heart valves, and in the analysis of natural flows.
>Thomas Kailath
>Stanford University
>For transformative contributions to the fields 
>of information and system science, for 
>distinctive and sustained mentoring of young 
>scholars, and for translation of scientific 
>ideas into entrepreneurial ventures that have 
>had a significant impact on industry.
>Judith P. Klinman
>University of California, Berkeley
>For her discoveries of fundamental chemical and 
>physical principles underlying enzyme catalysis 
>and her leadership in the community of scientists.
>Jerrold Meinwald
>Cornell University
>For applying chemical principles and techniques 
>to studies of plant and insect defense and 
>communication, and for his seminal role in 
>establishing chemical ecology as a core 
>discipline important to agriculture, forestry, 
>medicine, and environmental science.
>Burton Richter
>SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University
>For pioneering contributions to the development 
>of electron accelerators, including circular and 
>linear colliders, synchrotron light sources, and 
>for discoveries in elementary particle physics 
>and contributions to energy policy.
>Sean C. Solomon
>Columbia University
>For creative approaches and outstanding 
>contributions to understanding the internal 
>structure and evolution of the Earth, the Moon, 
>and other terrestrial planets, and for his 
>leadership and inspiration of new generations of scientists.
>*Awarded posthumously
>  Today’s recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
>Charles W. Bachman
>For fundamental inventions in database 
>management, transaction processing, and software engineering.
>Edith M. Flanigen
>UOP, LLC., a Honeywell Company
>For innovations in the fields of silicate 
>chemistry, the chemistry of zeolites, and molecular sieve materials.
>Eli Harari
>SanDisk Corporation
>For invention and commercialization of Flash 
>storage technology to enable ubiquitous data in 
>consumer electronics, mobile computing, and enterprise storage.
>Thomas J. Fogarty
>Fogarty Institute for Innovation
>For innovations in minimally invasive medical devices.
>Arthur Levinson
>Calico Life Sciences, LLC
>For pioneering contributions to the fields of 
>biotechnology and personalized medicine, leading 
>to the discovery and development of novel 
>therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
>Cherry A. Murray
>Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
>For contributions to the advancement of devices 
>for telecommunications, the use of light for 
>studying matter, and for leadership in the 
>development of the Science, Technology, 
>Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce in the United States.
>Mary Shaw
>Carnegie Mellon University
>For pioneering leadership in the development of 
>innovative curricula in Computer Science.
>Douglas Lowy and John Schiller
>National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
>For developing the virus-like particles and 
>related technologies that led to the generation 
>of effective vaccines that specifically targeted HPV and related cancers.
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