Mathematician:John Warner Backus

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Mathematician

American computer scientist, significantly involved in the development of several computer languages, including ALGOL and FORTRAN.

The metalanguage Backus-Naur Form (BNF) was named after him (who invented it) and Peter Naur (who refined it).


Nationality

American


History

  • Born: December 3, 1924
  • Died: March 17, 2007


Theorems and Definitions


Publications

  • 1977: Can Programming Be Liberated From the von Neumann Style? (Turing Award Lecture)