A Tribute Video for Erich Bloch

Erich Bloch, IBM pioneer who later led NSF, dies at 91

Erich Bloch, an electrical engineer who helped usher in the era of modern computing during three decades with IBM, and who later directed hundreds of millions of federal dollars toward scientific and technological innovation as director of the National Science Foundation in the 1980s, died Nov. 25 at his home in Washington. He was 91.

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