Farther of FORTRAN dies


Noticed today the the leader of the team that developed FORTRAN in the 50’s has died.

This made me think of my first job at BHRA where I was instructed “Go to the library get a book on FORTRAN and learn it” 🙂 Thanks Mike

FORTRAN was the first really successful High level Language and was heavily used in the technical area – and still is today. The old Joke was that real programmers used FORTRAN and wrote atomic bomb simulations and billing systems in FORTRAN – both of which I have done – Well programs for simulating a fast breeder Reactor which is a Mummy Bomb 🙂 and Large chunks of Telecom Golds Billing system where done in FORTRAN.

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