Wednesday, March 21, 2007

R.I.P. John W. Backus

John W. Backus, the man behind Fortran, has passed away at an age of 82. It's hard to assess what an impact Backus, mainly through the conception of Fortran, has had on the development of computer science in general and scientific computing in particular, but he definitely ranks among the big ones. Read the NY Times article.

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