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Martin A. (Marty) Belsky,
an American computer scientist, programmer and manager. A graduate in mathematics from New York University, Belsky had received a master's degree from Harvard in 1951. He was hired by IBM in 1954, as an experienced programmer, at the 701-equipped Service Bureau, New York. Along with Alex Bernstein, Michael de V. Roberts and Timothy Arbuckle, Belsky was member of the team developing the chess playing program for the IBM 704 [1].

Martin Belsky later played a key role in the technical decisions that shaped OS/360, and in the System/370 era a key management and technical role in the development of the virtual storage operating system. Belsky left IBM for the Burroughs Corporation in 1982 [2] [3]. He claimed to have invented the "alpha/beta" terminology concerning the Software release life cycle [4].



  1. ^ Alex Bernstein, Michael de V. Roberts, Timothy Arbuckle, Martin Belsky (1958). A chess playing program for the IBM 704. Proceedings of the 1958 Western Joint Computer Conference, pdf
  2. ^ Emerson W. Pugh, Lyle R. Johnson, John H. Palmer (1991). IBM's 360 and Early 370 Systems. The MIT Press, Chapter 6, pp 310-311
  3. ^ The Burroughs A15 Story, The Evening News (Newburgh), March 31, 1985, pp. 12, Google News
  4. ^ Personal recollections of Allan Scherr, retired IBM fellow and software engineering executive (1960–1993)

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