RIP: The Father of Fortran

John Backus died of old age on March 17, 2007 (born Dec 3, 1924). He led the team that first implemented FORTRAN in 1957, the first high-level programming language. His first assignment for IBM, in 1950, was to write a program to determine the phases of the moon.  He won the A.M. Turing award in 1977  “For profound, influential, and lasting contributions to the design of practical high-level programming systems, notably through his work on FORTRAN, and for seminal publication of formal procedures for the specification of programming languages. “

 

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