John Backus

"Much of my work has come from being lazy. I didn't like writing programs, and so... I started work on a system to make it easier to write programs."

December 3, 1924
March 17, 2007
Birth Place
Philadelphia, United States of America
Current Place
Ashland, Oregon, United States of America


John Backus was an American computer scientist. He directed the team that invented and implemented FORTRAN, the first widely used high-level programming language, and was the inventor of the Backus–Naur form (BNF), a widely used notation to define formal language syntax. He later did research into the function-level programming paradigm, presenting his findings in his influential 1977 Turing Award lecture "Can Programming Be Liberated from the von Neumann Style?"

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