John Backus has passed away

John Backus has passed away:

John Backus, inventor of FORTRAN, the BNF, and winner of the 1977 Turing Award, has passed away. New York Times has an obituary. I’m sure the more eloquent members of LtU will have much to say about him, so I’ll just point out that his Turing Award lecture is an absolute classic, and seems to be more relevant than ever. My condolences to the Backus family and friends.

I was not a big fan of Fortran but I used BNF a lot when designing languages and grammars for domain specific languages.


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