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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Bob Bemer RIP

The man who helped to create COBOL and ASCII died on 22nd June 2004. Bob Bemer devised COMTRAN whilst at IBM in the 1950s. This, with FLOW-MATIC, formed the basis of the specification for COBOL in 1959. He has been called the Father of ASCII and while serving on the committee which created the ASCII specification added several characters which were, at the time, usused in computing, such as the ESCape sequence.

I'm not sure if he's ever been known as the man that invented that somewhat annoying practice of sticking years on the end of products (such as COBOL 60...). Wikipedia has more.
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