Tuesday, March 20, 2007

John W. Backus has died

A true giant of the field of Computer Science, John W. Backus, has died, 82 years old.

MarkCC explains Backus' contributions to the field.

The NY Times Obituaries: John W. Backus, 82, Fortran Developer, Dies

IBM's profile of Backus

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Blogger Trinifar said...

Programming languages and their compilers have always been a favorite area of study and work for me, and Backus was certainly one of the great people in the field.

(Felt I had to leave a comment in his memory. I doubt if anyone outside of the computing community has ever heard of him.)

March 22, 2007 2:06 AM  
Blogger Kristjan Wager said...

Yes Backus was one of the greats, and while I agree that it's unlikely that many people outside the computing community have heard about him, I doubt that many inside the community haven't heard about him - if nothing else then because of BNF.

March 22, 2007 9:21 AM  

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