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FORmula TRANslation
The first high level programming language, fortran invented by John Backus and IBM. John W. Backus was a programming pioneer in the field of hardware and software development in the 1950s through the 1980s and early 1990s. Backus won the 1993 National Academy of Engineering's Charles Stark Draper Prize, the highest national prize awarded in engineering, for the invention of Fortran.

John Backus most celebrated accomplishment is the supervision of the development of the Fortran language. Harlan Herrick executed the first successful fortran program.

FORTRAN : The Early Turning Point
A sample chapter from GoTo - a book by Steve Lohr on the history of software and software programmers.

FORTRAN : The Early Turning Point
Review of GoTo - a book by Steve Lohr on the history of software and software programmers.

CNN - Fortran Born of Frustration
Inventor of first popular computer language wanted to avoid tedium of machine language programming.

Notes On Fortran Programming
An open cooperative practical guide with information on Fortran programming.

HTML Version of the Fortran 77 Standard - free Fortran software.

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