John Warner Backus

1924 - 2007

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John Backus was an American mathematician best known for the invention of FORTRAN and for the BNF notation for describing the syntax of a programming language.
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List of References (2 books/articles)

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Obituary: Guardian
  2. Obituary: New York Times
  3. Obituary: Spectrum


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  1. IBM
  1. Geneva Switzerland (Information on BNF)

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