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 03/22/2007 at 1:15 PM