Tuesday, March 20, 2007

FORTRAN developer dies

John Backus, who lead the IBM team that developed FORTRAN in the 1950s has died at the age of 82.

While I am no fan of FORTRAN (probably because I had already learned some more recent languages before I was taught the (then current) 1977 version), there is no doubt that it revolutionized computing and has had a long lasting effect on scientific computing.

With a more subtle effect, he also worked on early functional programming languages FP, and FL.

The NYT obituary can be read here.

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