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Words to live by...
"Much of my work has come from being lazy," Backus told Think, the IBM employee magazine, in 1979. "I didn't like writing programs, and so, when I was working on the IBM 701 (an early computer), writing programs for computing missile trajectories, I started work on a programming system to make it easier to write programs."
John Backus, developer of FORTRAN, 1924 - 2007

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/03/20/obit.backus.ap/index.html


Garrison Keillor also has a fitting eulogy to John Backus in salon.com today.
 

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I remember studying about him back in my early IT days in the 70's. A true pioneer, generally unknown, but one who had a profound influence on the world.

Rest in peace.
 
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