[Pdx-pm] Computing pioneer Backus dies

Keith Lofstrom keithl at kl-ic.com
Wed Mar 21 01:09:25 PDT 2007


----- Forwarded message from Ed Perkins  -----

Ever learn about BNF in CS school? He was the "B" in BNF...(no he was not an IEEE member)

John Backus, whose development of the Fortran programming language in the 1950s changed
how people interacted with computers and paved the way for modern software, has died. He
was 82.

Backus died Saturday in Ashland, Ore., according to IBM Corp., where he spent his career.


Keith Lofstrom          keithl at keithl.com         Voice (503)-520-1993
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