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Fortran Father Passes

The man who invented Fortran – and, in the process, laid the foundation for much of what we now take for granted in computer programming -- passed away at the age of 82. John Backus developed Fortran for IBM out of frustration with all the low-level work required at the time to program.

For many in the science community, Fortran is alive and well, just as Cobol is in mainframe business computing.

Posted by Doug Barney on March 22, 2007 at 11:52 AM