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James Martin Bio
People Pages    11/2/2005 10:11:18 PM

Dr. James Martin, a Pulitzer nominee and one of the world's foremost authorities on the social and commercial ramifications of computers, founded Headstrong in 1981 as James Martin Associates (and later became James Martin & Company). Today, Dr. Martin serves as Chairman Emeritus for Headstrong. Dr. Martin is an internationally known business consultant, lecturer, and author. He is known as a premier strategist on management and information technology. He is sometimes referred to as the "Father of CASE" (Computer Aided Systems Engineering). His remarkable track record of accurate predictions about future technology is well known.


Headstrong was founded in 1981 as James Martin Associates (and later became James Martin + Company) under the leadership of Dr. James Martin, who today serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Martin, who has been called "the Guru of the Information Age," is widely recognized as an authority on the social and commercial ramifications of computers and technology. He has written 101 books, more than any other living person. Many of his books have become best-sellers in the information technology industry, and some were seminal works that changed perceptions in that industry. He received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his book, "The Wired Society: A Challenge for Tomorrow," based on his predictions and progressive views about technology. In September 2002, Computerworld ranked Dr. Martin the fourth most influential person in the computer industry.

A major player in the IT field, Dr. Martin has acted as advisor to the UK government on restructuring telecommunications in Britain and changing the role of the Post Office, and consulted on planning, product and service strategies for the long term future with AT&T, IBM, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, and Xerox.

Dr. Martin has an M.A. in Physics from Oxford and honorary doctorates from Salford University (U.K.) and the Kokkaido Technical University (Japan). The ACPA made him a lifetime fellow for his contributions to data processing education. The James Martin Chair of Computing at Oxford University is concerned with advancing the frontiers of system development. Dr. Martin is also the chairman of WatchIT.com, an Internet-based education company.

Dr. Martin was the subject of a major article in Discover Magazine in 2001. He has been a member of the software Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Defense. Currently, he is writing about environmental dangers confronting the planet, the impact of future technology, and the corrective actions that need to be taken. He is working to set up an institute to study these issues.